The Amateur Emigrant

The Amateur Emigrant


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The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

This is the sparkling record of the haphazard six-thousand-mile odyssey that twenty-five-year-old Stevenson made in pursuit of his future wife, Fanny. The two had met and fallen in love during a trip to France, but when Fanny’s first husband called her home to California, Stevenson soon followed from Scotland. The sickly Stevenson first made a turbulent Atlantic crossing, like so many nineteenth-century immigrants, as a steerage passenger in a steamer of dubious seaworthiness. After a frenetic stopover in New York City, he embarked on a two-week, three-thousand-mile trip across the continent—the fastest and cheapest way then possible—by emigrant train. Finally arriving in the frontier town of San Francisco to win Fanny over, he was quickly captivated by California. Stevenson’s often hilarious impressions of the young country, its rambunctious and colorful inhabitants, and the still-untamed continent are among his most vivid writings. “This lighthearted book is the result of a very difficult journey, one that almost killed him.”—Paul Theroux

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786709847
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 04/28/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) was born in Scotland. Despite his frequent illnesses, he wrote memorable fiction and nonfiction. He was admired by many authors, and G.K Chesterton said he, “seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen.” His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Date of Birth:

November 13, 1850

Date of Death:

December 3, 1894

Place of Birth:

Edinburgh, Scotland

Place of Death:

Vailima, Samoa


Edinburgh University, 1875

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