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Record 20506

Reading Experience:

'I say, how nice S.C.’s ‘Walker’ is.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: 29 Jun 1875
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Edinburgh
county: Lothian
specific address: [Swanston Cottage, Lothianburn] ?
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: Sidney Colvin
Title: Frederick Walker. In Memoriam.
Genre: Biography, Obituary article.
Form of Text: Print: Given the date of the letter, RLS may have read the article in proof.
Publication details: July 1875, Cornhill Magazine.
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 20506  
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: 145
  Additional comments: Letter 398, To Frances Sitwell, Tuesday [29 June 1875], [Swanston]. Co-editor Ernest Mehew, The material 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. 145,, accessed: 11 August 2020

Additional comments:

On p.145, the Editors’ Note 2 to this letter reads: “Colvin’s article, ‘Frederick Walker. In Memoriam’ in the July Cornhill. Frederich Walker (1840-750, painter and prolific book-illustrator.”



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