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Record 18445

Reading Experience:

'Well, I was at the annual dinner of my old Academy schoolfellows last night. We sat down ten, out of seventy-two.[?] I read them some verses. It is great fun: I always read verses, and in the vinous enthusiasm of the moment they always propose to have them printed; [italics]ce qui n?arrive jamais, du reste[end italics]: in the morning, they are more calm.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 15 Jan 1875
Country: Scotland
Time: evening
Place: city: Edinburgh
county: Lothian
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: Uncommitted.
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Nine other rmembers of his class at Edinburgh Academy.
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Title: [unknown verses]
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown, Probably sheets of paper or pages from a notebook.
Publication details: See below under Additional Comments.
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 18445  
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: 108-9
  Additional comments: From section headed Saturday [16 January} in Letter 354, To Frances Sitwell, Thursday [14 January 1875]. 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. 108-9,, accessed: 08 February 2023

Additional comments:

The Editors? Note 1 to p. 108 reads: ??The Thompson Club Class? was composed of the old pupils who belonged to the class of D?Arcy Wentworth Thompson. Every year a master began with a junior class and stayed with it through the school. The verses ?Poem for a Class Reunion? were posthumously printed in BBS [= Boston Bibliophile Society] III (1921)and are in "Collected Poems"; = Robert Louis Stevenson, "Collected Poems", ed. Janet Adam Smith, (London, 1950; second edition , 1971), 333-4. Other verses were written for these dinners in 1883 (see Letter 1202) and 1885 ("Underwoods", II, X).? "Underwoods" was published in 1887.



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