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Record 26849

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
It would not be very easy for me to give you any idea of the pleasure I found in your present….I can assure you, your little book, coming from so far, gave me all the pleasure and encouragement in the world...' [Note 1]Martin read RLS’s essay ‘Virginibus Puerisque’ in "Cornhill" for August 1876 and wrote to him expressing his pleasure.
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: Jul 1877
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Edinburgh
county: Lothian
   
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: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Arthur Patchett Martin
Title: Sweet Girl Graduate: A Christmas Story and Random Rhymes
Genre: Fiction, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Melbourne, Australia, 1876
Provenance: owned

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 26849  
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: 212
  Additional comments: Letter 473, To Arthur Patchett Martin, [June or July 1877], [? Edinburgh] and Note 1. 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. 212, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=26849, accessed: 13 December 2019

Additional comments:

According to Note 4 on p.212 the ‘present’ in question was Martin’s "Sweet Girl Graduate: A Christmas Story and Random Rhymes" (Melbourne, 1876), a 94-page booklet containing the story plus seven poems. The Editors’ Note 1 to Letter 473 states that Martin (1851-1902), editor 1876-82 of and contributor to "The Melbourne Review" “read RLS’s essay ‘Virginibus Puerisque’ in 'Cornhill' for August 1876 and wrote to him expressing his pleasure.” The implication seems to be that the note or letter expressing this pleasure accompanied the book.

 

 

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