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Record Number: 14545


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'I have possessed myself of Mrs Hutchinson, which, of course, I admire, etc'.

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Between 1 May 1871 and 30 Sep 1871

Country:

Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

specific address: Swanston Cottage, Edinburgh

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:

student

Religion:

Church of Scotland

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

Scotland

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

letter to Maud Babington


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Lucy Hutchinson

Title:

Memoirs of the Life of Colonel Hutchinson

Genre:

Biography

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

written 1670, but published later

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

14545

Source:

Print

Author:

Robert Louis Stevenson

Editor:

Bradford Booth

Title:

The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson

Place of Publication:

New Haven and London

Date of Publication:

1994

Vol:

1

Page:

214

Additional Comments:

Additional editor Ernest Mehew

Citation:

Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford Booth (ed.), The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson (New Haven and London, 1994), 1, p. 214, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=14545, accessed: 26 February 2024


Additional Comments:

RLS does not say which of Lucy Hutchison's works he was reading, but from the context it is likely to have been her biography of her husband which was not published in her lifetime because it was too critical of the monarchy. Booth/Mehew (footnote p 214) give the date of RLS's copy as 1806.

   
   
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