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Record 18830

Reading Experience:

'My poet writes good stuff; it is slack still and unequal, but I think some of it capital.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: 19 Feb 1875
Country: 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: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Ernest Henley
Title: unknown
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18830  
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: 120
  Additional comments: Section headed Sunday [21 February] in Letter 366, To Frances Sitwell, Thursday [18 February 1875] [17 Heriot Row]. Co-editor Ernest Mehew. 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. 120,, accessed: 06 July 2020

Additional comments:

The poet alluded to seems to be W.E. Henley (1849-1903), see p. 117, Section headed Saturday [13 February] in Letter 364, To Frances Sitwell, Tuesday [9 February 1875] [17 Heriot Row]; and p. 117, Note 3.



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