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Record 18578

Reading Experience:

'I am reading "The Village on the Cliff", and cannot tell you how beautiful I think it. I am inclined to give up literature. [italics]I[end italics] can?t write like that. Never mind, [italics]je serai fidele [end italics].'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: Jan 1875
Country: Probably Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Edinburgh.
county: Lothian
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: Probably Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Anne Isabella Thackeray
Title: The Village on the Cliff. A Novel.
Genre: Fiction, Science
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: First published 1867.
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18578  
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: 111
  Additional comments: Letter 358, To Frances Sitwell, Wednesday [? January 1875], [17 Heriot Row]. Co-editor Ernest Mehew. The date in square brackets has been added by the editors. Editors' note 1 reads:"Dated 'March 1875' by Colvin [=? Letters I-V, The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, ed. Sir Sidney Colvin, 5 vols, vols XXXI-XXXV of the Tusitala edition 1924]."

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. 111,, accessed: 06 July 2020

Additional comments:

On page 111, Editors? Note 2 re the text referred to reads: ?By Anne Thackeray (later Lady Ritchie), 1867.? Anne Isabella Thackeray (1837-1919), author of The Village on the Cliff. A Novel, who wrote 7 other novels as well as biographies and works of criticism, was the eldest daughter of W.M. Thackeray. Virginia Woolf was her niece by marriage.



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