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Record 22010

Reading Experience:

'I cannot think how I omitted to tell you that I was pleased extremely with the dedication; it seemed to me and Fanny quite right and, if you understand, not too literary for an engineer. I did not want to change a word.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Dec 1880 and 15 Dec 1880
Country: Switzerland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Davos
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: atheist
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Switzerland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Thomas Stevenson
Title: Lighthouse Construction and Illumination
Genre: Technology, engineering
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown, possibly proof copy
Publication details: first published 1881
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 22010  
Source - Print  
  Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
  Editor: Bradford Booth
  Title: The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson
  Place of Publication: New Haven and London
  Date of Publication: 1994
  Vol: 3
  Page: 127
  Additional comments: additional editor Ernest Mehew. letter to Thomas Stevenson.

Citation: Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford Booth (ed.), The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson (New Haven and London, 1994), 3, p. 127,, accessed: 31 March 2023

Additional comments:

RLS presumably read the manuscript or proof of his father's book which was not published until the following year.



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