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Record 27500

Reading Experience:

'The elections are coming on, and Paris is full of the strangest manifestoes from this or the other candidate. Some − mostly the Republicans − simply state their name, and that they have been one of the majority turned out by the Marshal. The others, the so-called Conservatives − have a big poster of statements here and there, backwards and forwards, some of them about the the Marshal’s policy. It is altogether a curious spectacle for an Englishman [...]'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: 10 Oct 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:

Title: n/a
Genre: Politics, Manifestos and posters.
Form of Text: Print: Broadsheet, Handbill, Newspaper, Pamphlet, Poster
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown
and posters displayed in public places.


Source Information:

Record ID: 27500  
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: 223
  Additional comments: Letter 485, To his Father, [10 October 1877], Maison Lavenue, Rue du Depart, Paris. 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. 223,, accessed: 06 July 2020

Additional comments:

RLS is referring, during a political crisis of the French Third Republic, to his sightings of public preparations by the candidates, after the dismissal by royalist President MacMahon of moderate republican Prime Minister Jules Simon, in the elections of 14 October 1877, which would be won by the Republicans.



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