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Essays of Robert Louis Stevenson

Essays of Robert Louis Stevenson by Robert Louis Stevenson

Essays of Robert Louis Stevenson is a collection of thought-provoking essays that showcase the wit, wisdom, and insight of the acclaimed author. Stevenson covers a wide range of topics, from the art of writing and literature to travel and philosophy. His writing is engaging, eloquent, and filled with clever observations that challenge readers to think deeply about the world around them.

One of the standout essays in the collection is "On the Enjoyment of Unpleasant Places," in which Stevenson explores the idea that beauty can be found in unexpected places and that we should not shy away from exploring the darker aspects of life. Another notable essay is "Walking Tours," in which Stevenson reflects on the joys of traveling on foot and the sense of freedom it brings.

Overall, Essays of Robert Louis Stevenson is a fascinating read that offers valuable insights into the mind of a brilliant thinker. Stevenson's essays are as relevant and thought-provoking today as they were when they were first written, making this collection a timeless addition to any bookshelf.

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“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. Perhaps his most personal passages concern death and mortality. Here we meet him at his most undogmatically optimistic, as he affirms a wholesome faith in “the liveableness of Life”.

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