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Record 26674

Reading Experience:

The seventeen-year-old Robert Louis Stevenson, when he read the novel that year, wrote to his mother: “Isn’t the detective prime?”
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between Jan 1868 and May 1868
Country: n/a
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
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 Child (0-17)
Gender n/a
Date of Birth 13 Nov 1850
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: University student
Religion: Church of Scotland
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Wilkie Collins
Title: The Moonstone
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Unknown
Publication details: 1868; first instalment appeared in January 1868 ; book form publication later in the year.
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 26674  
Source - Print  
  Author: Kate Summerscale
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Suspicions of Mr Whicher
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 2008
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 268
  Additional comments: The source of the Evidence,The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, published in paperback by Bloomsbury, is a study of the Constance Kent murder case.

Citation: Kate Summerscale , The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (London, 2008), p. 268,, accessed: 21 February 2024

Additional comments:

According to Summerscale, RLS's reference was to Sergeant Cuff, the Scotland Yard detective in Wilkie Collins’s "The Moonstone", published 1868 (= ‘that year’ in the Evidence)



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