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Record 14652

Reading Experience:

'Struggling away at "Fables in Song" .'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: unknown
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Swanston
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: Aspiring writer and intermittent law student
Religion: (Wavering) Church of Scotland
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton
Title: Fables in Song
Genre: Other religious, Poetry
Form of Text: Unknown
Publication details: Fables in Song was published in 2 vols in 1874, in Edinburgh and Leipzig and s.l. by Blackwood.
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 14652  
Source - Print  
  Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
  Editor: Bradford A Booth
  Title: The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July1879
  Place of Publication: New Haven and London
  Date of Publication: 1994
  Vol: 2
  Page: 7
  Additional comments: Co-editor Ernest Mehew. Letter 272, from RLS to Frances Sitwell The eds date this part of the letter 'Wednesday [13 May1874], and the content indicates that the Reading Experience began before the letter was written and continued for a time afterwards.

Citation: Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford A Booth (ed.), The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July1879 (New Haven and London, 1994), 2, p. 7,, accessed: 04 December 2023

Additional comments:

The editors give [Swanston] as the probable address of the letter, and the context indicates that the Place of Experience is the same as the place of writing.



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