письма с острова на остров

06:27 | 26-05-2012 | History, Literature | No Comments

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Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) <...> spent the final four years of his life on his estate near the village of Vailima in Samoa. Over the course of these years, he wrote 45 letters to his dear friend Sidney Colvin (1845-1927), the English curator and critic. Colvin published the letters soon after Stevenson’s death, tipping the originals into a unique, oversized and gilt-edged, multi-volume set.

эти письма можно прочитать вот здесь: 1 + 2 (и это правда чудеснейшие диалоги).

впрочем, были в этой дружбе и свои ньюансы:

Stevenson, the author of the classic adventures Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, spent the last years of his life on the Samoan island of Upolu where he wrote a series of fantastic tales and fables that he specifically asked to be published as a set.

However, instead of complying with the writer’s request, his literary agent, Sidney Colvin, asked Cassell to publish two of the fairy stories – The Bottle Imp and The Isle of Voices – in a volume alongside a naturalistic short story of a completely different type.


The new volume of Fables and Fairy Tales is due out in 2013, as part of the New Edinburgh edition of Stevenson’s works, which is planned to be the definitive collection.


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