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Record 23753

Reading Experience:

'Look here, my fame is even more complete than I had dreamed of. Get the "Spectators" for August 5th and 12th; and you will see how the poor Spectatorists were puzzled and ("Scottice") affronted at my paper. It is charming.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: Aug 1876
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: LONDON
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: anon
Title: Review article; and 'Husbands and Wives'.
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: The Spectator, 5 and 12 August 1876.
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 23753  
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: 187
  Additional comments: Letter 445, To his Mother, [23 August 1876], Savile Club. 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. 187,, accessed: 14 July 2020

Additional comments:

On p.187 the Editors’ Note 1 to letter 445 reads: “'The Spectator' for 5 August desribed ‘Virginibus Puerisque’ as a ‘bit of humouristic padding’ and proceeded to quote extracts from it. The following week it used the essay as the theme of an article called ‘Husbands and Wives’ and refers to RLS as ‘clever and rather cynical’.”



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