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Record 22313

Reading Experience:

'Here I am, here. And very well too. And I read your hymn, which is a very good hymn. And I was delighted with how you patted Pater on the back and promised him some cake if he kept a good little boy till the holidays.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Jun 1876
Country: unknown
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
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: unknown
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Sidney Colvin
Title: ‘A Greek Hymn’.
Genre: Classics, Essays / Criticism, Poetry, Translation and commentary on the Homeric Hymn to Demeter.
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: In the June 1876 issue of the "Cornhill Magazine".
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 22313  
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: 174
  Additional comments: Letter 435, To Sidney Colvin, [Early June 1876], Swanston. Co-editor Ernest Mehew. The foregoing 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. 174,, accessed: 27 September 2020

Additional comments:

On p. 174, the Editors’ Note 2 to Letter 435 reads: “In the June "Cornhill", under the title ‘A Greek Hymn’, Colvin published a translation of the Homeric Hymn to Demeter. In his commentary he praised the ‘accustomed charm of thought and style’ of Pater’s article ‘The Myth of Demeter and Persephone’ in the January and February issues of the "Fortnightly".



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