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Record 16556

Reading Experience:

?I got a quiet seat behind a yew hedge and went away into a meditation. It [i.e. the windswept scene in the garden at Swanston Cottage] somehow reminded me of your letter from Bishopsbourne, now alas! in cinders. O I grudge those letters I burned.?
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: 3 Jun 1874
Country: Not known
Time: n/a
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 Male
Date of Birth 13 Nov 1850
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Aspiring writer, intermittent law student
Religion: Church of Scotland (wavering)
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Not known
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Frances Sitwell
Title: letter
Genre: n/a
Form of Text: Manuscript: Letter, Passage refers to various letters from Frances Sitwell to RLS, dates and subjects unspecified here. Letters received by RLS before 4 June 1874 [date ascribed by the editors to the cited passage].
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 16556  
Source - Print  
  Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
  Editor: Bradford A. Booth
  Title: Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July1879
  Place of Publication: New Haven and London
  Date of Publication: 1994
  Vol: 2
  Page: 14
  Additional comments: Co-editor Ernest Mehew. From section headed ?Thursday?Night? [4 June 1874] in Letter 276, pp. 13-17, to Frances Sitwell, Wednesday-Saturday [3-6 June 1874] Dates in square brackets added by the editors.

Citation: Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford A. Booth (ed.), Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July1879 (New Haven and London, 1994), 2, p. 14,, accessed: 11 August 2020

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