Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes and The Amateur Emigrant

Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes and The Amateur Emigrant

by Robert Louis Stevenson
     
 

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In 1878, Robert Louis Stevenson was suffering from poor health, struggling to survive on the income derived from his writings, and tormented by his infatuation with Fanny Osbourne, a married American woman. His response was to embark on a journey through the Cevennes with a donkey, Modestine, and a notebook, which he later transformed into Travels with a Donkey<

Overview

In 1878, Robert Louis Stevenson was suffering from poor health, struggling to survive on the income derived from his writings, and tormented by his infatuation with Fanny Osbourne, a married American woman. His response was to embark on a journey through the Cevennes with a donkey, Modestine, and a notebook, which he later transformed into Travels with a Donkey. Just a few months after publication, Stevenson was off again—this time crossing the Atlantic and the breadth of America in the hope of being re-united with Fanny, an experience he recorded in The Amateur Emigrant. Both pieces are classics of travel writings, which reveal as much about Stevenson's character as the landscape he travels through.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141439464
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,184,657
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94) was born in Edinburgh and studied engineering and law, before turning to writing full time. He wrote essays, travel literature, poetry, and fiction.

Christopher MacLachlan is a senior lecturer in English at St Andrews. He has written widely on 18th-century English and Scottish literature, the Scottish Enlightenment, and modern Scottish literature.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
November 13, 1850
Date of Death:
December 3, 1894
Place of Birth:
Edinburgh, Scotland
Place of Death:
Vailima, Samoa
Education:
Edinburgh University, 1875

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