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Record Number: 28046


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'I was in Paris during the elections for the Chamber, when a triumphant majority was returned, as of course you know, against the very bad, or very stupid, or else both, person, Marshal MacMahon. It was an interesting time, you may imagine. On the morning of the elections, a manifesto of the President’s came out. I was living at the time in what we call Bohemian style, buying and cooking my own food, and had occasion to go out early for some chocolate. When I read the proclamation, which was on all the walls, I could have beaten MacMahon with my cane. It was a scandalous attempt to insult the poor people and so drive them to the barricades; if that was not the intention of the document, it was either written by a man out of his mind, or I do not know the meaning of words when I see them. They disappointed him for one while; but how it is all to end, who can foresee?'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

14 Oct 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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Edmé-Patrice-Maurice MacMahon, comte de

Title:

n/a

Genre:

Politics

Form of Text:

Print: Poster

Publication Details

14 October 1877 (posted in Paris Streets)

Provenance

read in situ


Source Information:

Record ID:

28046

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:

230

Additional Comments:

Letter 493, To Kinjiro Fujikura, [6 December 1877], 17 Heriot Row. Co-editor Ernest Mehew. The foregoing 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. 230, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=28046, accessed: 15 June 2024


Additional Comments:

For the occasion on which RLS saw and read President MacMahon’s election manifesto, see ID= 27584 on Letter 486, To his Parents, [15 October 1877], [Paris]. The Evidence passages in that letter and this refer to a manifesto posted in the streets and sighted and read by RLS in the morning of Sunday 14 November 1877, day of the first round of the 1877 French legislative elections.

   
   
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