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Record 16840

Reading Experience:

'I bought Darwin's last book in despair, for I knew I could generally read Darwin, but it was a failure.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 1 Sep 1873
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: specific address: 17 Heriot Row, Edinburgh
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 1870
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: student
Religion: atheist
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
letter to Frances Sitwell
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Charles Darwin
Title: The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals
Genre: Science, Natural history
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: first published 1872
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 16840  
Source - Print  
  Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
  Editor: Bradford Booth
  Title: The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson
  Place of Publication: New Haven and London
  Date of Publication: 1994
  Vol: 1
  Page: 287
  Additional comments: additional editor Ernest Mehew

Citation: Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford Booth (ed.), The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson (New Haven and London, 1994), 1, p. 287,, accessed: 06 July 2020

Additional comments:

Although Darwin had published more recently than 1872, he had not brought out a book. Also the the rest of the letter suggests the subject matter of The Expression of the Emotions.



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