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Record 12851

Reading Experience:

Louis announced that he had written something he wanted us to hear. When we had taken our seats round the centre table he stood before us with a manuscript in his hand...then in his deep voice vibrant with emotion, with heightened colour and blazing eyes he read aloud the 'Father Damien Letter.' Never in my life have I heard anything so dramatic, so magnificent. There was deep feeling in every sentence - scorn, indignation, biting irony, infinite pity - and invective that fairly scorched and sizzled. The tears were in his eyes when he finished. Throwing the manuscript on the table he turned to his wife. She who had never failed him, rose to his feet, and holding out both hands to him in a gesture of enthusiasm, cried: 'Print it! Publish it!'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1890 and 31 May 1890
Country: Australia
Time: n/a
Place: city: Sydney, Australia
specific address: Oxford Hotel
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: Church of Scotland
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Australia
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Fanny Stevenson (wife); Isobel Field (step-daughter)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Title: Father Damien, an Open Letter to the Reverend Dr Hyde of Honolulu
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 12851  
Source - Print  
  Author: Isobel Field
  Editor: n/a
  Title: This Life I've Loved
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1937
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 245
  Additional comments: Memoir of Stevenson's step-daughter, Isobel Field (previously Strong, nee Osbourne).

Citation: Isobel Field, This Life I've Loved (London, 1937), p. 245,, accessed: 08 February 2023

Additional comments:

'Father Damien, an Open Letter to the Reverend Dr. Hyde of Honolulu' was privately printed by Stevenson in May 1890



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