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Record 17849

Reading Experience:

'Today I have been to church which has not improved my temper I must own. The clergyman did his best to make me hate him and I took refuge in that admirable poem, The Song of Deborah and Barak; I should like to make a long scroll of painting (say, to go all round a cornice) illustrative of this jolly poem; with the people seen in the distance going stealthily on footpaths, while the great highways lie vacant; with the archers besetting the draw wells; with the Princes in hiding on the hills among the bleating sheep-flocks; with the overthrow of Sisera, the stars fighting against him in their courses and that ancient river, the river Kishon, sweeping him away in anger; with his mother looking and looking down the long road in the red sunset, and never a banner and never a spear-clump coming into sight, and her women with their white faces round her, ready with lying comfort. To say nothing of the people on white asses.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: 25 Oct 1874
Country: Scotland
Time: daytime
Place: city: Edinburgh
specific address: Unnamed church
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: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: Bible, O.T., Judges, Chapter 5.
Genre: Bible
Form of Text: Print: Book, Bible or possibly prayerbook
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17849  
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: 68-9
  Additional comments: From section headed Sunday [25 October] in Letter 326, To Frances Sitwell, Thursday [22 October 1874]. Co-editor Ernest Mehew. The dates in square brackets have 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. 68-9,, accessed: 11 August 2020

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