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Record Number: 17360


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Also I have been hearing ?Adelaide? many times; O! That is all I can say..'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Until: 16 Jul 1874

Country:

Scotland

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 reactive unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Listener:

Robert Louis Stevenson

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

13 Nov 1850

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Aspiring writer and intermittent law student

Religion:

Church of Scotland (wavering)

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

Scotland

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Friedrich von Matthisson

Title:

Adelaide

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Unknown

Publication Details

Beethoven's very popular setting of the German words by Matthisson (1761-1831) had first appeared as Opus 46 in 1796.

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

17360

Source:

Print

Author:

Robert Louis Stevenson

Editor:

Bradford A. Booth

Title:

Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July1879

Place of Publication:

New Haven and London

Date of Publication:

1994

Vol:

2

Page:

31

Additional Comments:

Section dated Thursday [16 July 1874] of Letter 294, To Frances Sitwell. Co-editor Ernest Mehew. Date in square brackets has been added by the editors.

Citation:

Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford A. Booth (ed.), Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July1879, (New Haven and London, 1994), 2, p. 31, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=17360, accessed: 25 June 2024


Additional Comments:

RLS is lost for words, seemingly overwhelmed by the thought of the passionate love-song?s musical beauty and/or the application of the sense of its German and/or English WORDS to his feelings for Mrs Sitwell.

   
   
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