Claire Harman


Arthur Ransome’s Long-lost Study of Robert Louis Stevenson


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In 1990 a brown-paper parcel came to light in the strongroom of the solicitors firm Linklaters and Paines in London. It had been deposited there in 1947 and had been addressed to Parr’s Bank, Regent Street even longer ago, in May 1914. The label made it clear that the parcel was to be held until claimed by ‘Arthur Ransome, Esq: or Mrs Arthur Ransome’ and it contained a manuscript of an unfinished critical study by Ransome of Robert Louis Stevenson.

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