Dreams of Elsewhere: Selected Travel Writings of Robert Louis Stevenson

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Best known for his fiction writing. Robert Louis Stevenson was also an essayist, journalist, poet and travel writer. His first major work was An Inland Voyage, an account of his journey by canoe from Antwerp to northern France. The companion work to this, Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes (1879), is widely regarded as a travel-writing classic.

June Skinner Sawyers has brought together the most comprehensive and representative sampling of Robert Louis Stevenson's prolific ...

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Best known for his fiction writing. Robert Louis Stevenson was also an essayist, journalist, poet and travel writer. His first major work was An Inland Voyage, an account of his journey by canoe from Antwerp to northern France. The companion work to this, Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes (1879), is widely regarded as a travel-writing classic.

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.'

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903238691
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 329
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi
Foreword xiii
Chronology xv
Introduction xix
Scotland 1
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
The Lantern-Bearers 32
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
The Light-Keeper 60
England 63
Roads 65
Cockermouth and Keswick 70
An Autumn Effect 77
France and Belgium 91
Ordered South 93
Forest Notes 102
In the Latin Quarter 119
From An Inland Voyage 123
from Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes 141
Fontainebleau 158
America 171
from The Amateur Emigrant 173
Across the Plains 183
The Old Pacific Capital 211
Simoneau's at Monterey 223
San Francisco 228
from The Silverado Squatters 234
Winter 256
Switzerland 257
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
Miscellaneous 301
Walking Tours 303
From a Railway Carriage 309
Evensong 310
Further Reading 313
Appendix 321
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