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Record 21387

Reading Experience:

'I find here (of all places in the world) your Essays on Art, which I have read with signal interest.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Oct 1879 and 31 Oct 1879
Country: America
Time: n/a
Place: city: Monterey
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 Oct 1850
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer
Religion: atheist
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: America
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Philip Gilbert Hamerton
Title: Art Essays
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Arts / architecture
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: read in situ


Source Information:

Record ID: 21387  
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: 3
  Page: 20
  Additional comments: additional editor Ernest Mehew. letter to P G Hamerton.

Citation: Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford Booth (ed.), The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson (New Haven and London, 1994), 3, p. 20,, accessed: 06 July 2020

Additional comments:

Hamerton wrote a book entitled Art Essays (which almost matches the title RLS quotes), but I have not been able to find any other publication date for it earlier than 1880, New York. It is possible that the book was published elsewhere at an earlier date, or that RLS's letter, the date of which is not given precisely by Booth/Mehew, was written later than October 1879. The footnote on p 20 Booth/Mehew suggests that the book RLS refers to here is Thoughts About Art (published 1873).



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