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Record 20398

Reading Experience:

'I met a rum old army doctor, called Lewins, who sent me a paper of his, full of matter that would not be very gratifying to the elect: In which paper he has the following: "Healthy sensation .. is thus our only Heaven: morbid sensation, varying as it does from ennui or general malaise to mental and corporeal agony and anguish, our only Hell".'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 17 Mar 1874
Country: France
Time: n/a
Place: city: Mentone
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: writer
Religion: atheist
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: France
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Robert Lewins
Title: unknown
Genre: Philosophy, Medicine
Form of Text: Print: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 20398  
Source - Print  
  Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
  Editor: Bradford Booth
  Title: The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson
  Place of Publication: New Haven and London
  Date of Publication: 1994
  Vol: 1
  Page: 493
  Additional comments: additional editor Ernest Mehew. Letter to Sidney Colvin.

Citation: Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford Booth (ed.), The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson (New Haven and London, 1994), 1, p. 493,, accessed: 08 July 2020

Additional comments:

It is impossible to identify the exact paper that Dr Robert Lewins had sent RLS to read and from which he quotes.



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