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Fame is (truly) a vapour; do not think of it

From mid-November 1884 to mid-April 1885 RLS and his wife were tenants of a house named Bonallie Towers, pleasantly situated amid the pinewoods of Branksome Park, Bournemouth, and by its name recalling familiar Midlothian associations (Bonaly was an area on … Continue reading

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Take things easy and be as happy as you can

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1201.] To his Father [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 191-192] La Solitude, December 20, 1883 My dear Father, I … Continue reading

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Bewildering and childering are enough for me

The following is in answer to a letter containing remarks on the proofs of A Child’s Garden of Verses, then going round among some of his friends with the name of Penny Whistles, and on the instalments of Silverado Squatters … Continue reading

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Art is a virtue; and if I were the man I should be, my art would rise in the proportion of my life

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1172.] To Will H. Low [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 170-172] La Solitude, Hyères [Postmark 27 October … Continue reading

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We are here not to make, but to tread predestined pathways; we are the foam of a wave

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1159.] To his father [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 175-177] La Solitude, Hyères, 12th October 1883 My … Continue reading

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Our little lives are moments in the wake of the eternal silence: but how crowded while they last

In memory of one of the oldest and most intimate of his friends of Edinburgh days, James Walter Ferrier, who died of alcoholism three weeks before, at the same age as RLS, 33. The reference to a Mrs. Leslie is … Continue reading

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To write a book like this were impossible

A close intimate of J.A. Symonds, and frequent visitor at Davos, was Horatio Robert Forbes Brown (1854-1926), historian of Venice. He took warmly, as did every one, to Stevenson. The following two notes are from a copy of Penn’s Fruits … Continue reading

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