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LETTER TO A YOUNG GENTLEMAN
emphatically not till then. Till then, he must pay
assiduous court to the bourgeois who carries the
purse. And if in the course of these capitulations
he shall falsify his talent, it can never have been a
strong one, and he will have preserved a better thing
than talent — character. Or if he be of a mind so
independent that he cannot stoop to this necessity,
one course is yet open : he can desist from art, and
follow some more manly way of life.
I speak of a more manly way of life, it is a point
on which I must be frank. To live by a pleasure
is not a high calling ; it involves patronage, however
veiled ; it numbers the artist, however ambitious,
along with dancing girls and billiard-markers. The
French have a romantic evasion for one employment,
and call its practitioners the Daughters of Joy. The
artist is of the same family, he is of the Sons of Joy,
chose his trade to please himself, gains his livelihood
by pleasing others, and has parted with something
of the sterner dignity of man. Journals but a little
while ago declaimed against the Tennyson peerage ;
and this Son of Joy was blamed for condescension
when he followed the example of Lord Lawrence
and Lord Cairns and Lord Clyde. The poet was
more happily inspired ; with a better modesty he
accepted the honour ; and anonymous journalists
have not yet (if I am to believe them) recovered the
vicarious disgrace to their profession. When it
comes to their turn, these gentlemen can do them-
selves more justice ; and I shall be glad to think of
it ; for to my barbarian eyesight, even Lord Tenny-
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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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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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Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 [Author]
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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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