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Record 25124

Reading Experience:

'You are quite right, according to me, in being dissatisfied with my work; but not right at all in expressing your dissatisfaction as you did. I have never written rudely to you. Although hastily and curtly without doubt; and so you have no possible excuse for writing rudely to me. I shall give you the Feuilleton as far as I can without personal inconvenience. As for reading three volumes and writing an article in two days, I shall make an attempt this once without promising success; but I must ask you not to put me again in the same position […] As to the Whispering Gallery, it is only right to point out that one of your stories was in the "World" a month ago and in the "Queen" the week after.
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: Feb 1877
Country: France?
Time: n/a
Place: city: Paris?
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: France?
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Robert Glasgow Brown
Title: letter
Genre: Fiction, Essays / Criticism, Business letter concerning RLS's work for the magazine London.
Form of Text: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 25124  
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: 201-2
  Additional comments: Letter 464, To Robert Glasgow Brown, [Early February 1877], [? Paris]. 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. 201-2,, accessed: 28 November 2023

Additional comments:

This is a letter recently received from Brown, RLS’s former fellow-student, founder and original editor of the magazine London, that criticised (rudely, according to RLS’s letter) work by RLS submitted to him as editor. It seems that RLS may not have undertaken the rapid unspecified 3-volume reading experience mentioned: Editors’ Note 3 to Letter 464 states: “Soon after this RLS seems to have ceased contributing book reviews and other short-notice journalism to "London"" and Note 9 to Letter 468 that he had given up short-term journalism for "London" by mid-May 1877 (see Letter471 [mid-May 1877]: “I’ve been done with "London", many’s the long day”.



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