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Record 18143

Reading Experience:

'This is E. A. Poe: Because I feel that, in the Heavens above, The angels, whispering to one another, Can find, among their burning terms of love, None so devotional as that of "Mother," Therefore by that dear name I long have called you- You who are [italics]more than mother unto me, And fill my heart of hearts.[end italics] [?]'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: 11 Jan 1875
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
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: Uncommitted.
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: To my Mother.
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: In Poe's Works, edited by J.H. Ingram (1874)?
Provenance: unknown
Perhaps a review copy.


Source Information:

Record ID: 18143  
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: 102
  Additional comments: Letter 350, To Frances Sitwell, Monday [11 January 1875]. 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. 102,, accessed: 08 July 2020

Additional comments:

p. 102, Editors? Note 1 to Letter 350 reads: ?Poe?s ?To my Mother? (addressed in fact to his mother-in-law).? RLS quotes the first part of the sonnet, written in 1849. On p. 83, part of Editors? Note 10 reads: ?RLS reviewed the first two volumes of J.H. Ingram?s edition of Poe?s Works containing "The Tales" (1874) in "The Academy", 2 January 1875.?. For RLS and Poe?s poetry see also Letters 334 and 361.



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