Robert Louis Stevenson: Selected Poems

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Robert Louis Stevenson established his reputation with novels such as Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but his poems-especially A Child’s Garden of Verses-achieved popularity too. Here gathered are works both early and late (including many published ...

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The world is so full of a number of things.
I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.
--"Happy Thought"

Robert Louis Stevenson established his reputation with novels such as Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but his poems-especially A Child’s Garden of Verses-achieved popularity too. Here gathered are works both early and late (including many published posthumously), including excerpts from Underwoods, Ballads, Songs of Travel, and, of course, A Child’s Garden.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780753817421
  • Publisher: Phoenix House
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: Phoenix Poetry Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 4.56 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Louis  Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson
The Victorian poet and novelist Robert Louis Stevenson once said, "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant." The author of the magical A Child's Garden of Verses and the chilling The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Stevenson indeed planted powerful literary seeds -- that grew into undisputed classics.

Biography

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in 1850 in Edinburgh. His father was an engineer, the head of a family firm that had constructed most of Scotland's lighthouses, and the family had a comfortable income. Stevenson was an only child and was often ill; as a result, he was much coddled by both his parents and his long-time nurse. The family took frequent trips to southern Europe to escape the cruel Edinburgh winters, trips that, along with his many illnesses, caused Stevenson to miss much of his formal schooling. He entered Edinburgh University in 1867, intending to become an engineer and enter the family business, but he was a desultory, disengaged student and never took a degree. In 1871, Stevenson switched his study to law, a profession which would leave time for his already-budding literary ambitions, and he managed to pass the bar in 1875.

Illness put an end to his legal career before it had even started, and Stevenson spent the next few years traveling in Europe and writing travel essays and literary criticism. In 1876, Stevenson fell in love with Fanny Vandergrift Osbourne, a married American woman more than ten years his senior, and returned with her to London, where he published his first fiction, "The Suicide Club." In 1879, Stevenson set sail for America, apparently in response to a telegram from Fanny, who had returned to California in an attempt to reconcile with her husband. Fanny obtained a divorce and the couple married in 1880, eventually returning to Europe, where they lived for the next several years. Stevenson was by this time beset by terrifying lung hemorrhages that would appear without warning and required months of convalescence in a healthy climate. Despite his periodic illnesses and his peripatetic life, Stevenson completed some of his most enduring works during this period: Treasure Island (1883), A Child's Garden of Verses (1885), Kidnapped (1886), and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886).

After his father's death and a trip to Edinburgh which he knew would be his last, Stevenson set sail once more for America in 1887 with his wife, mother, and stepson. In 1888, after spending a frigid winter in the Adirondack Mountains, Stevenson chartered a yacht and set sail from California bound for the South Pacific. The Stevensons spent time in Tahiti, Hawaii, Micronesia, and Australia, before settling in Samoa, where Stevenson bought a plantation called Vailima. Though he kept up a vigorous publishing schedule, Stevenson never returned to Europe. He died of a sudden brain hemorrhage on December 3, 1894.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Good To Know

It has been said that Stevenson may well be the inventor of the sleeping bag -- he described a large fleece-lined sack he brought along to sleep in on a journey through France in his book Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes.

Long John Silver, the one-legged pirate cook in Stevenson's classic Treasure Island, is said to be based on the author's friend William Ernest Henley, whom he met when Henley was in Edinburgh for surgery to save his one good leg from tuberculosis.

Stevenson died in 1894 at Vailima,, his home on the South Pacific island of Upolu, Samoa. He was helping his wife make mayonnaise for dinner when he suffered a fatal stroke.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 13, 1850
    2. Place of Birth:
      Edinburgh, Scotland
    1. Date of Death:
      December 3, 1894
    2. Place of Death:
      Vailima, Samoa

Table of Contents

Early poems published posthumously
Duddingston 3
The Light-Keeper 5
My brain swims empty and light ... 8
The Cruel Mistress 9
Storm 11
Stormy Nights 13
Song at Dawn 16
To the Commissioners of the Northern Lights, with a Paper 18
To Charles Baxter 20
from Underwoods (1887)
A Song of the Road 22
The House Beautiful 24
To Will H. Low 26
To Mrs Will H. Low 27
To Andrew Lang 28
To W. E. Henley 29
Henry James 30
The Mirror Speaks 31
Requiem 32
The Celestial Surgeon 33
In Memoriam F. A. S. 34
To My Father 35
A Portrait 36
A Camp 37
The Country of the Camisards 38
Skerryvore 39
Skerryvore: The Parallel 40
My House, I say ... 41
Say not of me ... 42
The Maker to Posterity 43
Ille Terrarum 45
A Mile an' a Bittock 48
A Lowden Sabbath Morn 50
The Spaewife 55
My Conscience! 56
from A Child's Garden of Verses (1885)
Pirate Story 58
Windy Nights 59
Travel 60
Where Go the Boats? 62
The Land of Counterpane 63
My Shadow 64
Happy Thought 65
Keepsake Mill 66
The Lamplighter 67
From a Railway Carriage 68
North-West Passage 69
To My Name-Child 71
To Any Reader 73
from Ballads (1890)
from The Song of Rahero 74
Heather Ale 96
from Songs of Travel (1895)
The Vagabond 99
I will make you brooches ... 101
Bright is the ring of words ... 102
In the highlands, in the country places ... 103
To the Tune of Wandering Willie 104
My Wife 105
To an Island Princess 106
To Kalakaua 108
To Princess Kaiulani 109
To My Old Familiars 110
The tropics vanish ... 112
To S.C. 113
The Woodman 115
Tropic Rain 120
The Last Sight 122
Sing me a song of a lad that is gone ... 123
To S.R. Crockett 124
Poems first published in fiction and later poems published posthumously
Robin and Ben: or, the Pirate and the Apothecary 125
Translations from Martial
In Lupum 131
In Charidemum 132
If I could arise and travel away ... 133
To the Hesitating Purchaser 134
Pirate Ditty 135
The Song of the Sword of Alan 136
To Katharine de Mattos 137
To My Wife 138
On an Inland Voyage 139
On Some Ghostly Companions at A Spa 140
from Brasheanna 142
Chronology of Stevenson's Life and Times 144
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