Stevenson's Treasure

Stevenson's Treasure

by Mark Wiederanders

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Overview

In 1879 Robert Louis Stevenson embarked on one of the most romantic, ill-advised but wildly successful quests a literary figure has ever made. Young, unknown, and in failing health, he journeys six-thousand arduous miles to make Fanny Osbourne his wife, despite the fact that she is already married (unhappily), has children, and is ten years older than he. And yet, from their first meeting, he knew instantly she was the only woman for him.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611793079
Publisher: Fireship Press
Publication date: 02/24/2014
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mark Wiederanders writes historical fiction about the lives, loves and personalities of famous writers. This interest fits well with his former career as a research psychologist (Ph.D., University of Colorado) who specialized in studies of the criminally insane! An earlier screenplay, “Taming Judith,” about William Shakespeare’s youngest daughter reached the finals of the Academy of Motion Pictures’ annual writing competition and was optioned by a film company. The seeds for writing STEVENSON’S TREASURE were planted when Mark read an account of how and why RLS wrote his first big hit, TREASURE ISLAND. Although the adventure classic is not a love story, Mark considered it more than coincidence that “Louis” Stevenson wrote the book shortly after making an arduous journey of his own. His trip to America had one purpose: to make a married American, Fanny Osbourne, his wife. After deciding to end STEVENSON’S TREASURE with scenes of young Louis penning his timeless story during a tense, blended-family holiday in the Highlands, Mark traced the couple’s unique relationship backwards to the time they met.

To research the novel Mark walked the whalebone-studded sidewalks of Monterey, hiked the Carmel Valley where Stevenson collapsed, combed the Calistoga mine-site where the couple honeymooned, studied letters and scrapbooks, stayed in the family’s home in Edinburgh and in the Highlands cottage where TREASURE ISLAND was penned. Mark wrote parts of STEVENSON’S TREASURE at residencies awarded by the Vermont Studio Center, the Martha’s Vineyard Writers’ Residency, and as Artist-in-Residence at the New York Mills Cultural Center.

Currently, Mark is at work on a novel about another famous but eccentric writer and the love of his life. Speaking of which, Mark and his wife live in northern California where they have raised three wonderful children.

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