Louis : A Life of Robert Louis Stevenson (Hardcover)

Author: Callow, Philip

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Philip Callow ''s splendidly readable biography of Robert Louis Stevenson recounts the life of Scotland ''s finest writer of English prose and the author of such classics as Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. A sickly child, Louis became in turn a bohemian dandy, a literary gypsy traipsing through the mountains of France with a donkey, and at twenty-eight the lover of an American woman ten years his senior, the fabulous Fanny. His feelings are always his reasons, said Henry James, and caught in a sentence the secret of Stevenson ''s popularity as one of the last of the classic storytellers. Stevenson was destined to be a modern man. James Campbell, New York Times Book Review. Illustrated.

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Publisher Natl Book Network
Mfg Part# 9781566633437
SKU 30697789
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1566633435
Release Date 4/10/2007
Table Of Contents <FONT SIZE="+2">Contents </FONT> <P> <PRE> Foreword............................................................ix PART I 1. Why Has God Got a Hell?.......................................5 2. The Noise of Pens Writing....................................21 3. The Thunderbolt Has Fallen...................................38 4. Remember That I Come of a Gloomy Family......................52 5. To Marry Is to Domesticate the Recording Angel...............74 6. The Great Affair Is to Move..................................91 PART II 7. A Shipful of Failures.......................................113 8. All Kinds of Miseries Here..................................130 9. The Wolverine on My Own Shoulders...........................146 10. Flutes of Silence..........................................170 11. A Steam Press Called the Vandegrifter......................189 12. The Purity of Forests......................................210 PART III 13. Get Out Your Big Atlas.....................................231 14. To See These Dread Creatures Smile.........................251 15. It Does Make You Feel Well.................................265 16. Do I Look Strange?.........................................288 Postscript.........................................................307 Acknowledgments....................................................311 Chronology.........................................................313 Works by Robert Louis Stevenson....................................315 Selected Bibliography..............................................317 Index..............................................................321 </PRE> <!--excerpt-->
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Dimensions (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.5L x 1.25T
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"This is clearly a labor of love, and the reader cannot help but share the biographer's fascination with the vagaries of this peripatetic, sickly rebel....Knowledgeable RLS students will find no new information....; newcomers to Stevenson will get no introduction either to his work or to the world of Victorian letters and manners from which he was in constant flight."
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Annotation Callow's biography of Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) stresses the brevity of Stevenson's life and the immense amount of travel he managed to pack into it. He also discusses Stevenson in relation to other tubercular writers, such as Chekhov and D.H. Lawrence. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0336
Publisher Ivan R. Dee Publisher
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