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Record 21958

Reading Experience:

'I have done rather an amusing paragraph or two for "Vanity Fair" on the "Inn Album". I have slated R.B. pretty handsomely.
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1875 and 6 Dec 1875
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: 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 Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 13 Nov 1850
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
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: Robert Browning
Title: The Inn Album
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book, Unknown
Publication details: 1875. London: Smith & Elder; Boston: J.R. Osgood & Co.
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 21958  
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: 169
  Additional comments: Letter 427, To Frances Sitwell, [? 6 December 1875], [17 Heriot Row]. Co-editor Ernest Mehew. The material 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. 169,, accessed: 20 June 2024

Additional comments:

On p.169 the Editors’ Note 3 to Letter 427 reads: “RLS’s unsigned review of Browning’s "Inn Album" (‘Mr Browning Again!’), appeared in "Vanity Fair" for 11 December 1875. There is a MS draft of the first two paragraphs at Yale [= Yale University Library (Beinecke Library)]. It was partly reprinted in "Notes and Queries", 12 February 1944." Robert Browning’s "The Inn Album" (pub London: Smith & Elder, 1875; Boston: J.R. Osgood & Co., 1875) was a long dramatic poem written in the form of a series of monologues within a narrative. In a baffled review of it in The Nation, 20 January 1876, Henry James declared he found it “barely comprehensible”. It has been read by some as a satire on the poet by himself.



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