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Record 17621

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'Then your simile about the spider and the King?s palace is very grim and good; like a sort of Quarles emblem; and that sentence begins admirably, although its feet are of clay.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: 31 Oct 1874
Country: Probably Scotland
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 and intermittent law student
Religion: Church of Scotland (wavering)
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Probably Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Francis Quarles
Title: Emblems
Genre: Other religious, Poetry, Emblem book.
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: First published 1635.
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 17621  
Source - Print  
  Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
  Editor: Bradford A. Booth
  Title: The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July 1879
  Place of Publication: New Haven and London
  Date of Publication: 1994
  Vol: 2
  Page: 62
  Additional comments: Letter 323, To Katharine de Mattos, [? October 1874]. Co-editor Ernest Mehew. The date in square brackets has been added by the editors.

Citation: Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford A. Booth (ed.), The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July 1879 (New Haven and London, 1994), 2, p. 62, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=17621, accessed: 13 December 2019

Additional comments:

Note 1 to this Letter reads: ?Francis Quarles (1592-1644). His Emblems are short devotional poems , based on scriptural texts, followed by an epigram and illustrated by quaint engravings.? The Emblems were published in 1635. RLS may well have read them in a modern edition before as well as after he became 18.

 

 

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