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Record 18015

Reading Experience:

'[?] I could not [?] pay the postage for the book. [?] The book, you will receive shortly. Do not run away with the idea that I think it specially commendable. Only I think he might be suitable at this moment for you. Note the following. III, VI, XIII, XIV (O admirable), XVII, XVIII, XXIV, XXV, XXVII, XXXVII. Some of these are really very excellent; and (it was that paper of yours that made me think of the book) will show you I think how you must approach such slight and essentially exotic ideas in prose, and yet retain for them some of the immunities that go with verse.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: 7 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 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: Charles Baudelaire
Title: Petits Poemes en Prose
Genre: Poetry, Collection of prose poems.
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: In Oeuvres completes de Charles Baudelaire, vol. IV, Paris: Michel Levy, 1869.
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 18015  
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: 80
  Additional comments: Letter 332, To Katharine de Mattos [7 November 1874]. Co-editor Ernest Mehew. The date in square brackets has 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. 80,, accessed: 02 December 2023

Additional comments:

See p. 63, Letter 323, To Katharine de Mattos, [? October 1874]. Note 1 to p.63 reads: ?RLS?s copy (Vol. 4 of the Oeuvres Compl?tes, 1869) is at Yale [= Yale University Library, (Beinecke Library)]. Pages 133-8 have been cut out. Katharine gave the book to Bob [Stevenson, her brother, RLS?s cousin], who refers to it in an undated letter of this period.? The 1869 edition (Paris: Michel Levy was the first posthumous collection of Baudelaire?s works. Volume IV contained, two years after their author?s death, the first collected version of the 50 "Petits Po?mes en Prose". Later, editors of the prose poems reverted to the more expressive working title sometimes used by Baudelaire when they were being published in periodicals: "Le Spleen de Paris". RLS recommends here some of the most famous pieces among the collection.



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