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Record 17419

Reading Experience:

'One gravestone was erected by Scott .. to the poor woman who served him as a heroine in the Heart of Mid-Lothian, and the inscription in its stiff Jedediah Cleishbotham fashion is not without something touching.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 20 Sep 1873
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Terreglestown, Dumfries
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: atheist
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
letter to Frances Sitwell
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Walter Scott
Title: The Heart of Midlothian
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: gravestone
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: read in situ
seen in a graveyard


Source Information:

Record ID: 17419  
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: 305
  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. 305,, accessed: 04 February 2023

Additional comments:

RLS not reading Scott at the time. He sees the gravestone of Helen Walker, Scott's model for Jeanie Deans in The Heart of Midlothian which was originally published in 4 vols under the title Tales of My Landlord by the imaginary editor, Jedediah Cleishbotham.



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