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Record 18577

Reading Experience:

'It [a child relative?s speculations about the nature of fairies] was a good deal in the vein of Herbert Spencer?s description of the primitive man, all this.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: 17 Jan 1875
Country: Probably Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Probably Edinburgh.
county: Lothian
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 Unknown
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: Probably Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Herbert Spenser
Title: Principles of Biology
Genre: Science
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Published 1864-7.
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18577  
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: 109
  Additional comments: Letter 355, To Frances Sitwell, Sunday [17 January 1875], [17 Heriot Row]. 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. 109,, accessed: 21 March 2023

Additional comments:

Re Herbert Spencer: the Editors? Note 3 on p. 109 reads: ?In his 'Principles of Biology', 1864-7.?



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