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Record 13106

Reading Experience:

On one occasion, he came to me, flourishing a paper wildly in the air...I thought he had suddenly inherited a fortune, or that something of an extreme value had fallen in his way. 'What in heaven's name is it?' I asked. 'This, my friend. For years a certain critic has practically damned my works - said there was nothing really in them - and now this person, whose ability I have always admired despite the fact that I have suffered, has declared: "Stevenson has at last produced one of the best books of the season, and the claim of his friends seems fully justified, for the work is full of genius."' His face was all aglow with feverish excitement. 'Who is this wonderful critic, Stevenson, whose praise you so enjoy? And what bitter things has he said of you before?' 'We will drop the severe things, Moors. You would never guess, if I gave you all morning, who it is who has at last admitted me to be in the front rank of my profession. It is Mrs Oliphant, my dear sir - Mrs Oliphant!'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Nov 1889 and 4 Dec 1894
Country: n/a
Time: morning
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Robert Louis Stevenson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 13 Nov 1850
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Church of Scotland
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Margaret Oliphant
Title: Review of The Master of Ballantrae
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: Edinburgh Blackwood's Magazine, November 1889
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 13106  
Source - Print  
  Author: Harry J. Moors
  Editor: n/a
  Title: With Stevenson in Samoa
  Place of Publication: Boston
  Date of Publication: 1910
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 91-2
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Harry J. Moors, With Stevenson in Samoa (Boston, 1910), p. 91-2,, accessed: 08 July 2020

Additional comments:

Margaret Oliphant's review of Stevenson's 'The Master of Ballantrae' appeared in Blackwood's Magazine, November 1889.



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