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VII
LETTER TO A YOUNG GENTLEMAN
WHO PROPOSES TO EMBRACE THE
CAREER OF ART
With the agreeable frankness of youth, you address
me on a point of some practical importance to your-
self and (it is even conceivable) of some gravity to
the world : Should you or should you not become
an artist ? It is one which you must decide entirely
for yourself; all that I can do is to bring under
your notice some of the materials of that decision ;
and I will begin, as I shall probably conclude also,
by assuring you that all depends on the vocation.
To know what you like is the beginning of
wisdom and of old age. Youth is wholly experi-
mental. The essence and charm of that unquiet
and delightful epoch is ignorance of self as well as
ignorance of life. These two unknowns the young
man brings together again and again, now in the
airiest touch, now with a bitter hug ; now with
exquisite pleasure, now with cutting pain ; but never
with indifference, to which he is a total stranger,
and never with that near kinsman of indifference,
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Volume 11, 1895 - Miscellanies, Volume III
DescriptionContents: Virginibus Puerisque; Later Essays: Fontainbleau, Realism*, Style*, Morality*, Books which have Influenced Me, Day after Tomorrow*, Letter to a Young Gentleman, Pulvis, Christmas Sermon, Damien.
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Dates / events: 1895 [Date published]
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Edinburgh edition, 1894-98 - Works of Robert Louis Stevenson
DescriptionEdinburgh edition. Edinburgh: Printed by T. and A. Constable for Longmans Green and Co, 1894-98. [28 volumes in total, only some of which NLS has digitised.]
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Places: Europe > United Kingdom > Scotland > Edinburgh > Edinburgh (inhabited place) [Place printed]
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Person / organisation: Chatto & Windus (Firm) [Distributor]
Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 [Author]
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Colvin, Sidney, 1845-1927 [Editor]
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Early editions of Robert Louis Stevenson
DescriptionFull text versions of early editions of works by Robert Louis Stevenson. Includes 'Kidnapped', 'The Master of Ballantrae' and other well-known novels, as well as 'Prince Otto', 'Dynamiter' and 'St Ives'. Also early British and American book editions, serialisations of novels in newspapers and literary magazines, and essays by Stevenson.
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