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Record 17976

Reading Experience:

'Piano again disentangled; and some hope, not for it only, but for the tale. I have read it to my mother, who thought it was the only one of mine she had ever heard, that promised any possible success: I have read some of it also to Baxter who was pleased and counselled me to go on with it. I suppose with these two opinions I should feel strengthened.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: 6 Nov 1874
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Edinburgh.
specific address: [17 Heriot Row].
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary reactive 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)
RLS's mother, Margaret Isabella Stevenson; on another occasion, Charles Baxter.
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Title: unknown "Tale"
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown, Seems to refer to one of a set of stories that RLS had at various stages of planning and completion, see Letter 329.
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 17976  
Source - Print  
  Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
  Editor: Bradford A. Booth
  Title: The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July 1879
  Place of Publication: New Haven and London
  Date of Publication: 1994
  Vol: 2
  Page: 78
  Additional comments: From section headed Friday [6 November 1874] in Letter 331, To Frances Sitwell, Wednesday [4 November 1874]. Co-editor Ernest Mehew. The dates in square brackets have been added by the editors.

Citation: Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford A. Booth (ed.), The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July 1879 (New Haven and London, 1994), 2, p. 78,, accessed: 08 February 2023

Additional comments:

RLS was hoping to be able to afford to provide Frances Sitwell with a piano. RLS had a set of stories at various stages of planning and completion, see Letter 329.



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