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Record 22204

Reading Experience:

'Lang’s French ballads is neatly enough ticked off.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: Apr 1876
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: LONDON
specific address: Savile Club
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: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Andrew Lang
Title: French Peasant Songs.
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: May 1876
Provenance: n/a


Source Information:

Record ID: 22204  
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: 173
  Additional comments: Letter 434, To his Mother, [Late April 1876], Savile Club, London. Co-editor Ernest Mehew. In the foregoing, 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. 173,, accessed: 08 July 2020

Additional comments:

The Editors’ Note 2 to Letter 434 reads: “The May issue of "Cornhill" contains ‘Forest Notes’ [RLS’s essay], Stephen’s ‘Hours in a Library, No. XII. − Macaulay’, and Lang’s ‘French Peasant Songs’. Lang’s letter can be dated Thursday 27 April.” Neither the Editors’ Note nor RLS’s mention indicates what form the Lang entry took. Did the number contain some actual poems by or translated by Lang or a review of them? Lang’s "Ballads and Lyrics of Old France, with other poems" had been published in London by Longmans & Co. in 1872. The meaning of “neatly enough ticked off” is not clear, but if it was Lang who found the number “most enjoyable” the drift would seem to be that Lang’s poems were satisfactorily dealt with, either as they were presented or in a review of them.



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