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Record 14545

Reading Experience:

'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, workmates)
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,, accessed: 10 June 2023

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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