Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson— Volume 1

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Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

Letter: to Mr. And Mrs. Thomas Stevenson

PARIS, 44 BD. HAUSSMANN, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1878.

MY DEAR PEOPLE, - Do you know who is my favourite author just now? How are the mighty fallen! Anthony Trollope. I batten on him; he is so nearly wearying you, and yet he never does; or rather, he never does, until he gets near the end, when he begins to wean you from him, so that you’re as pleased to be done with him as you thought you would be sorry. I wonder if it’s old age? It is a little, I am sure. A young person would get sickened by the dead level of meanness and cowardliness; you require to be a little spoiled and cynical before you can enjoy it. I have just finished the WAY OF THE WORLD; there is only one person in it - no, there are three - who are nice: the wild American woman, and two of the dissipated young men, Dolly and Lord Nidderdale. All the heroes and heroines are just ghastly. But what a triumph is Lady Carbury! That is real, sound, strong, genuine work: the man who could do that, if he had had courage, might have written a fine book; he has preferred to write many readable ones. I meant to write such a long, nice letter, but I cannot hold the pen.

R. L. S.

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Chicago: Robert Louis Stevenson, "Letter: To Mr. And Mrs. Thomas Stevenson," Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson— Volume 1, ed. Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915 and trans. Curtin, Jeremiah, 1835-1906 in Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson—Volume 1 Original Sources, accessed February 29, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9GDWNGQ9QDEAA2L.

MLA: Stevenson, Robert Louis. "Letter: To Mr. And Mrs. Thomas Stevenson." Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson— Volume 1, edited by Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915, and translated by Curtin, Jeremiah, 1835-1906, in Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson—Volume 1, Original Sources. 29 Feb. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9GDWNGQ9QDEAA2L.

Harvard: Stevenson, RL, 'Letter: To Mr. And Mrs. Thomas Stevenson' in Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson— Volume 1, ed. and trans. . cited in , Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson—Volume 1. Original Sources, retrieved 29 February 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9GDWNGQ9QDEAA2L.