By: Robert Louis Stevenson
Essays of Robert Louis Stevenson
“Extreme busyness…is a symptom of deficient vitality; and a faculty for idleness implies a catholic appetite and a strong sense of personal identity.” What comforting words for the idle among us! Like many of the best essayists, Stevenson is very much the genial fireside companion: opinionated, but never malicious; a marvellous practitioner of the inclusive monologue. In this collection of nine pieces he discusses the art of appreciating unattractive scenery, traces the complex social life of dogs, and meditates in several essays upon the experience of reading literature and writing it...
|Essays in the Art of Writing|
|Master of Ballantrae|
|Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes|
|In the South Seas|
Island Nights' Entertainments
A marvelous depiction of two sides of South Sea Islands' life through three separate tales. One, the experience of the incoming British keen to live free and exploit the innocent; the other the supernatural as perceived by Stevenson working in the lives of the natives. One tale carries the germ of the story of Madame Butterfly, since become a part of Western culture. Another is an extraordinary retelling of a German horror story transposed to a South Sea Island setting. The last is an effort of the pure Stevensonian imagination and there can be nothing better.
|A Christmas Sermon|
Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes
A classic of travel writing, this book recounts Stevenson's adventures on an extended walk through uplands and mountains in south-western France. Humorous on his own failings as a traveller, and on his travails with Modestine the self-willed donkey, it is also an exploration of peasant life in an area marked by the violence of the wars of religion. This version includes the fragment "A mountain town in France", originally intended as the opening chapter, but often omitted and published as a separate essay.
|Across the Plains|
|The Black Arrow A Tale of the Two Roses|
As a young man, Stevenson wished to be financially independent and began his literary career by writing travelogues. This is his first published work, written at a time when travel for pleasure was still a rarity. He and a friend traveled by canoe through France and Belgium and he relates how they were thrown in jail, mistaken for traveling salesmen and became embroiled in gypsy life.
|Tales and Fantasies|
|Edinburgh Picturesque Notes|
|Prince Otto, a Romance|
|Stories By English Authors: France|
|The Silverado Squatters|
|Weir of Hermiston|
|St. Ives, Being the Adventures of a French Prisoner in England|
|David Balfour, Second Part Being Memoirs Of His Adventures At Home And Abroad|
|A Footnote to History Eight Years of Trouble in Samoa|
|The Waif Woman|
|Father Damien, an Open Letter to the Reverend Dr. Hyde of Honolulu|
|Memories and Portraits|
|The Sea Fogs|
|Records of a Family of Engineers|
Not Yet my Soul
15 recordings of Not Yet my Soul by Robert Louis Stevenson. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for May 19, 2013.Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.The following poem comes from his collection entitled Underwoods, first published in 1887.
|Familiar Studies of Men and Books|
|Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers|