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Record 15360

Reading Experience:

?Friday. I have got on rather better with the ?Fables?; perhaps it won?t be a failure, though I still fear...Saturday...I just finished some of the deedest rubbish about Lord Lytton?s ?Fables?, that an intelligent editor ever shot into his waste paper basket.?
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 31 Dec 1873 and 31 May 1874
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Swanston
specific address: Swanston Cottage, Lothianburn, 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: Aspiring writer and intermittent law student
Religion: Church of Scotland (wavering)
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: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1874, Edinburgh, Blackwood; also 1874 Leipzig, Tauchnitz (English edition), and 1874 Toronto
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 15360  
Source - Print  
  Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
  Editor: Bradford A. Booth
  Title: Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July1879
  Place of Publication: New Haven and London
  Date of Publication: 1994
  Vol: 2
  Page: 8
  Additional comments: Co-editor Ernest Mehew. From Letter 272, Wednesday-Sunday [13-17 May 1874], pp. 7-9, to Frances Sitwell, Friday [15 May 1874] and Saturday [16 May 1874.] (I give the Editors' presumed dates in square brackets)

Citation: Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford A. Booth (ed.), Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July1879 (New Haven and London, 1994), 2, p. 8,, accessed: 07 December 2023

Additional comments:

RLS refers here again to the review he was currently writing, for the Fortnightly Review, of Lord Lytton?s Fables in Song. His copy of the Fables had been bought for him by his father (see Letter 271, p.6)



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