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Record 21954

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'Figure to yourself, I wrote a review of Lord Lorne for "Vanity Fair" − a few pages of scurrility that I wrote laughing in an hour or two − and I got − guess! − I got five pounds for it and the price of the book! That was jolly, wasn’t it? Long live "Vanity Fair"!'
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 (see Section 3, Additional Comments.
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: John Douglas Sutherland Campbell, Marquess of Lorne
Title: Guido and Lita: A Tale of the Riviera.
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1875, Macmillan & Co.
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 21954  
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: 168
  Additional comments: Letter 426, To Frances Sitwell, [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. 168, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=21954, accessed: 15 December 2019

Additional comments:

On p. 168, Editors’ Note 1 to the words 'I wrote a review…for "Vanity Fair"' in Letter 426 reads: “‘The Measure of a Marquis’, "Vanity Fair", 27 November 1875. An unsigned review of "Guido and Lita: A Tale of the Riviera", a narrative poem by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell, Marquess of Lorne (1845-1914) who succeeded his father as Duke of Argyll in 1900. It has not been reprinted.” The sentimental tale of Guido and Lita was published by Macmillan & Co. in 1875. It is solemnly and lengthily written in dire, archaising, tortuous ten-syllable lines arranged in rhyming couplets. It is not surprising that RLS found it laughable.

 

 

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