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Record 18160

Reading Experience:

'Then again, I have nice books to read. The new French poets. Prudhomme is adorable − I shall have a lot of Sully Prudhomme to read when I come to you. Soulary better perhaps − better certainly, [italics]comme forme[end italics], but so unsympathetic when compared to Prudhomme in character and thought. Prudhomme is a [italics]good[end italics] man. Fancy! And a modern French poet! Wonders after that will never cease.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: 13 Jan 1875
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: Uncommitted.
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: Rene-Francois-Armand Sully-Prudhomme
Title: unknown poetry
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: See below under Additional Comments.
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18160  
Source - Print  
  Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
  Editor: n/a
  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: 104
  Additional comments: From section headed Wednesday [13 January] in Letter 350, To Frances Sitwell, Monday [11 January 1875] [17 Heriot Row]. Co-editor Ernest Mehew. The dates in square brackets have been added by the editors.

Citation: Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford A. (ed.), The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July 1879 (New Haven and London, 1994), 2, p. 104,, accessed: 21 March 2023

Additional comments:

Rene-Francois-Armand Sully-Prudhomme (1839-1907) was one of the leading Parnassien poets. By 1875 his published works included the collections Stances et poemes, Les Epreuves and Les Solitudes. Josephine Soulary (1815-91) wrote often in sonnet form. His works available in 1875 include A travers champs (1837); Les Cinq cordes du luth (1838); Les Ephemeres (two series, 1846 and 1857); Sonnets humoristiques (1862). Josephine Soulary's work is also mentioned.



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