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Record 20730

Reading Experience:

'My dear Colvin, Thanks for your pencilations. One thing only, remains; how am I to call the followers of Orso and Manfredi.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 7 Jul 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: annotations
Genre: annotations
Form of Text: Manuscript: Letter, annotations
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 20730  
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: 148
  Additional comments: Letter 402, To Sidney Colvin, [7 July 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. 148,, accessed: 11 August 2020

Additional comments:

The reading experience is of the marked MS of RLS's story “When the Devil Was Well”. The Editors’ Note 1, on p.148,to Letter 402 reads: “In his marginal comments on the MS of ‘When the Devil Was Well’, Colvin suggested that RLS’s ‘Duke Orsino’ be renamed ‘Count Orso’ and ‘Bartolomeo della Scala’ renamed ‘’Ercole Manfredi’.”



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