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Record 21733

Reading Experience:

'The Brittany game is simply “on it”. There are no two ways of that. [ Note 1] Look here, my young and lovely friend, if you overwork like that, your numskull will cave in again.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: Nov 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: Writer
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: At the Land's End of France.
Genre: Geography / Travel
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodicalManuscript: Letter
Publication details: Cornhill Magazine, November 1875.
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 21733  
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: 164
  Additional comments: Letter 424, To Sidney Colvin, [November 1875], [17 Heriot Row]. 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. 164,, accessed: 27 September 2020

Additional comments:

The Editors’ Note 1 to Letter 424 reads: “At the Land’s End of France”, an unsigned article by Colvin in the November "Cornhill", celebrating his holiday in Brittany. It was reprinted in [Colvin’s] "Memories and Notes" in 1921.” There seems from the allusion in Letter 424 to have been a reading experience by RLS either of the published article or of some form of it enclosed or included the Colvin letter prompting this reply.



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