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June Skinner Sawyers has brought together the most comprehensive and representative sampling of Robert Louis Stevenson's prolific ...
June Skinner Sawyers has brought together the most comprehensive and representative sampling of Robert Louis Stevenson's prolific travel output, including excerpts from his most famous travel books, travel essays and travel poetry. The result is a collection that is as vivid and compelling as his fiction, and includes a number of lesser-known works from US collections.
There are endlessly fascinating portraits of flesh-and-blood human beings, and it is apparent that he never grew tired of meeting new people, or of seeking new adventures. The story-teller always finds stories to tell and Stevenson was a consummate story-teller. In the tranquility of a French pine forest by moonlight he considers the importance of friendship; in a leper colony on Hawaii he reflects on physical horror and moral beauty; in all of his writing there is humanity and compassion. Dreams of Elsewhere also features annotated listings of Stevenson historic sites, landmarks, museums, libraries, organisations, and even music inspired by Stevenson.
As Gavin Bell, the critically acclaimed travel writer, states in his foreword: 'Admirers of RLS's work will welcome this judicious selection of sketches from an itinerant life. Those less familiar with his blythe spirit are in for a rare treat, a voyage of discovery with the teller of tales to where the surf murmurs on Parrot islands.'
|On the Enjoyment of Unpleasant Places||3|
|from Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes||9|
|The Foreigner at Home||14|
|Memoirs of an Islet||22|
|The Manse: A Fragment||27|
|Contributions to the History of Fife: Random Memories||36|
|The Education of an Engineer: More Random Memories||44|
|Sing Me a Song of a Lad That is Gone||51|
|A Winter's Walk in Carrick and Galloway: A Fragment||53|
|Cockermouth and Keswick||70|
|An Autumn Effect||77|
|France and Belgium||91|
|In the Latin Quarter||119|
|From An Inland Voyage||123|
|from Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes||141|
|from The Amateur Emigrant||173|
|Across the Plains||183|
|The Old Pacific Capital||211|
|Simoneau's at Monterey||223|
|from The Silverado Squatters||234|
|Davos in Winter||259|
|Health and Mountains||262|
|The Stimulation of the Alps||265|
|The South Seas||269|
|from Travels in Hawaii||271|
|from In the South Seas||280|
|From a Railway Carriage||309|