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Record 28856

Reading Experience:

'At last, son of night, I receive a communication […] Oh no, it is not the penny. It is the one-volume story demanded by Hueffer for the New Tarterly [sic]. It’s a real story, damned fine; but the dénouementdoesn’t please me yet: the beginning is so good, that it is difficult to get up to that pitch again, and the story sort of dies away.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between Dec 1877 and 15 Feb 1878
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: William Ernest Henley
Title: n/a
Genre: Personal letter from Henley to RLS.
Form of Text: Manuscript: Letter
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 28856  
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: 242-3
  Additional comments: Letter 512, To W.E. Henley, [? 15 February 1878], [Paris]. 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. 242-3,, accessed: 14 July 2020

Additional comments:

Note 1 to Letter 512 reads: "This may well be a continuation of Letter 510, after receipt of a letter from Henley", the said letter from Henley, solicited by RLS at the end of Letter 510, now being the RE, to which RLS is replying.
Francis Hueffer was the editor of The New Quarterly Magazine. Is this a reference to ‘The Story of a Lie’? which had been ‘apparently commissioned by Kegan Paul for the New Quarterly Magazine, where it eventually appeared in October 1879’ (vol. 2, p.302, Note 3 to Letter 600).



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