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The way we were: losing my religion

Extracts from memoirs and diaries

Robert Louis Stevenson, taken by the Australian photographer Henry Walter Barnett in 1893

1873. Robert Louis Stevenson, aged 22, writes to a friend:

“The thunderbolt has fallen with a vengeance now. On Friday… my father put to me one or two questions as to beliefs, which I candidly answered. I really hate all lying so much now that I could not so much as hesitate at the time; but if I had foreseen the real Hell of everything since, I think I should have lied as I have done so…

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