Damning with faint praise: RLS John Brown Tribute

When John Brown died, Robert Louis Stevenson’s father forced him to write a poem to memorialise John Brown.  This he did with a dose of passive agressive resitance.  I reproduce it below, and – for those who may miss it among the rhyming Scots language: it is less than complimentary.  Basically it says: you were a crap writer, how unfair that people liked your books so much. They thought you were a great old guy but they didn’t really know you!!!! Time hase born RLS out. While RLS remains well known, John  Brown. . . well – not so much. Continue reading

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