Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) (PT61)

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2015-06-26 11:51:00

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Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) (PT61)

A personal signed letter discussing the publication of his songs

An autographed letter to Miss Mary Carmichael,circa 1885.

The letter relates to the negotiations for Miss Carmichael to set to music and publish a number of Stevenson's songs:

"This is a matter which I must leave to my publishers, Messrs Longman & Co, to whom I have forwarded your letter and to whom I beg to refer you for an answer. Will you let me add, in all gentleness, that your proposal to illustrate the verses seems to me excessive? ..."

This was a particularly fruitful period in Stevenson's career.

He had just published 'A Child's Garden of Verses' which is probably the subject of these negotiations.

The ill health that was to bring his life to an untimely end made this industry all the more remarkable. Mary Carmichael was a prolific composer of songs, as well as an accompanist.

The letter is sold together with a copy of a memorandum presumably by Mary Carmichael 'Copy of the interview with Mr. R. L. Stevenson'. 1 pages, explaining the background to the matter, and quoting Stevenson's comments and replies to her questions as well as his remarks on his now iconic ill-health.

Document came originally from Carmichael family papers.

A touch of yellowing to the right border, otherwise in very fine condition. A great example of Stevenson's writing.

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