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Record 18073

Reading Experience:

'I have made myself so ill with a story of Poe?s − ?King Pest?, by name. I did not sleep last night and I have scarcely been able to eat today.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 17 Dec 1874
Country: Scotland
Time: evening
Place: city: Edinburgh
specific address: [17 Heriot Row]
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:

Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Title: King Pest: A Tale Containing An Allegory.
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: In the first two volumes of J.H. Ingram?s edition of Poe?s Works containing [italics] The Tales [end italics] (1874).
Provenance: n/a


Source Information:

Record ID: 18073  
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: 89
  Additional comments: Section headed Friday [18 December 1874] in Letter 341, To Frances Sitwell, Tuesday [15 December 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. 89,, accessed: 06 July 2020

Additional comments:

?King Pest: A Tale Containing An Allegory?, was first published in the "Southern Literary Messenger", September 1835. Editors' Note 1, p. 89, to Letter 341 reads: ? In his review of Poe?s "Tales" for "The Academy" RLS wrote: ? ?it would be criminal in the reviewer to spare one harsh word in the expression of his own loathing and horror, lest, by its absence, another victim should be permitted to soil himself with the perusal of the infamous ?King Pest?. He who could write ?King Pest? had ceased to be a human being.'



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