The Teller of Tales: In Search of Robert Louis Stevenson

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 1903, one Laura Stubbs wrote a tiny book recounting her pilgrimage to Samoa on the trail of Stevenson. For his part, Davies offers a much more extensive recounting of his travels to Samoa via Edinburgh, San Francisco, Hyres and various other locales. It's really two books in one, alternating chapters of biography with Davies's re-visitation, the latter written in the form of letters from Davies to his subject. The talented Davies, whose dry wit and warts-and-all journalism serves Stevenson well, reports back to the author on the state of the various locales and also of Stevenson scholarship. In one section he writes, to "Dear Louis," that he'd read Elaine Showalter's Sexual Anarchy on the train to Bournemouth. "I staggered off the train, feeling slightly dizzy... How had I missed the fact that Dr. Jekyll was a homosexual story. She had spotted it straight away, quoting references such as Hyde traveling through `chocolate brown fog' to Jekyll's rear door. Then there's his continued use of the word `queer.' Pretty conclusive, so Ms. Showalter believes." Davies, who admits to having borrowed or bought some 200 RLS-related volumes over the past few years, brings a broad knowledge to his bookas well as an ear for a story and an eye for the absurd that Stevenson would have appreciated. (Oct.).
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Davies (Hunting People, Trafalgar Sq., 1995) arguably Robert Louis Stevenson's biggest fan, here recounts the writer's life as well as the author's own visits to places where Stevenson lived. He alternates chapters of biography with "letters" to Stevenson from Davies, who says, "I thought it might interest and amuse you to hear what's been happening to some of the places you once knew so well." Cloying? Yes, though Davies's infatuation with Stevenson is obviously sincere. Neither conventional scholarly biography nor a book for the armchair traveler, this work is strictly for cultists and would be ideal for someone who, like Davies, wants to tread every corner of the earth, from England to California to Samoa, trod by Stevenson himself.David Kirby, Florida State Univ., Tallahassee
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566562041
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Series: Literary Roads Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 1.01 (d)

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