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Record 25125

Reading Experience:

'Rondeau On reading a work by M. Auguste Maquet entitled Les Vertes Feuilles. See, "The Green Leaves", I leave them here uncut, − Drop them, recoiling, at the first debut − Lay down the book and with superb disdain, Smiling but sold, go on my way again Through life’s green vale, remarking simply “Zut!” Devoid of style, of fable and of smut, How, how, shall I portray its dullness? − Tut! See for yourself − see, whelmed in grief and pain, − See "The Green Leaves"! Thus one, sweet-toothed, yet of a tender gut, Who sees before him many peaches put In some tall cafe by the shores of Seine, Schools his bold heart to choose and to refrain: The ripe he eats with gluttonous ardour − but, See, the green leaves!'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: Feb 1877
Country: France?
Time: n/a
Place: city: Paris?
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: France?
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Auguste Maquet
Title: Les Feuilles Vertes
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1861
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 25125  
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: 202-3
  Additional comments: Letter 465. To W.E. Henley, [? February 1877], [? Paris]. 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. 202-3,, accessed: 11 August 2020

Additional comments:

Auguste Maquet (1813-88) is best known as a collaborator in the novels of Dumas père. Les Vertes Feuilles, a historical romance, appeared in 1861. The Editors’ Note 1 to letter 465 says the date given for it is arbitrary but the most likely, and that the letter “may belong to July 1877 or to a return from France to London in 1878.”



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