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“As for gratitude, I am by nature a thankless dog, and was spoiled from a child up”

In his previous letter, RLS had asked Frederick Locker’s interest on behalf of a friend who had been kind to him at Hyères, in procuring a nomination for her son to the Blue-Coat School, at Christ’s Hospital. His correspondent, apparently … Continue reading

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“When I was dangerously ill at Hyères …”

To Locker’s acknowledgment of his verses (see previous post, Letter 1692), RLS replied asking his correspondent’s interest on behalf of a friend who had been kind to him at Hyères, in procuring a nomination for her son to the Blue-Coat … Continue reading

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“A set of shambling lines that don’t know whether they’re trochees or what they are”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1557.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 2, p. 322] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, Feb. 17, 1886] Dear Gosse, Non, c’est honteux! for a set of shambling lines     that don’t … Continue reading

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You can draw and yet you do not love the ugly: what are you doing in this age?

RLS accepted the dedication of Low’s illustrated edition of Keats’s Lamia, and sent him in return the newly published Jekyll and Hyde. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this … Continue reading

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The marks of a reader, such as one imagines for oneself in dreams, thoughtful, critical, and kind

An anonymous review of the Child’s Garden of Verses, appearing in the Pall Mall Gazette for March 1885, gave RLS so much pleasure that he wrote (in the four words, ‘Now who are you?’) to inquire the name of its … Continue reading

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A land of the windmill, and the west wind, and the flowering hawthorn with a little scented letter in the hollow of its trunk

Written in acknowledgment of the gift of a desk, used for writing in bed. [For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1396.] Bonallie Towers, Bournemouth [Postmark 26 February 1885] To Austin Dobson [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. … Continue reading

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They are to flash out before the world with our old friend of Kinnaird, The Body Snatcher

RLS had been unable to finish for the Pall Mall Christmas number the tale he had first intended; had tried the publishers with Markheim (afterwards printed in the collection called Merry Men), which proved too short; had then furbished up … Continue reading

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