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The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition, Vol. 16   By: (1850-1894)

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Text following a carat character (^) was superscript in the original (example: M^r).

The following typographical errors were amended:

In page 180 "his nights were for some while like other men's now banlk ..." 'banlk' was changed to 'blank'.

In page 343 "If was plain, thus far, that I should have to get into India ..." 'If' was corrected to 'It'.

THE WORKS OF

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

SWANSTON EDITION VOLUME XVI

Of this SWANSTON EDITION in Twenty five Volumes of the Works of ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON Two Thousand and Sixty Copies have been printed, of which only Two Thousand Copies are for sale.

This Is No. ...........

[Illustration: R. L. S. IN APEMAMA ISLAND: A DEVIL PRIEST MAKING INCANTATIONS]

THE WORKS OF

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

VOLUME SIXTEEN

LONDON: PUBLISHED BY CHATTO AND WINDUS: IN ASSOCIATION WITH CASSELL AND COMPANY LIMITED: WILLIAM HEINEMANN: AND LONGMANS GREEN AND COMPANY MDCCCCXII

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

CONTENTS

RECORDS OF A FAMILY OF ENGINEERS PAGE

INTRODUCTION: THE SURNAME OF STEVENSON 3

I. DOMESTIC ANNALS 12

II. THE SERVICE OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS 34

III. THE BUILDING OF THE BELL ROCK 62

ADDITIONAL MEMORIES AND PORTRAITS

I. RANDOM MEMORIES:

I. THE COAST OF FIFE 155

II. RANDOM MEMORIES:

II. THE EDUCATION OF AN ENGINEER 167

III. A CHAPTER ON DREAMS 177

IV. BEGGARS 190

V. THE LANTERN BEARERS 200

LATER ESSAYS

I. FONTAINEBLEAU: VILLAGE COMMUNITIES OF PAINTERS 215

II. A NOTE ON REALISM 234

III. ON SOME TECHNICAL ELEMENTS OF STYLE IN LITERATURE 241

IV. THE MORALITY OF THE PROFESSION OF LETTERS 260

V. BOOKS WHICH HAVE INFLUENCED ME 272

VI. THE DAY AFTER TO MORROW 279

VII. LETTER TO A YOUNG GENTLEMAN WHO PROPOSES TO EMBRACE THE CAREER OF ART 290

VIII. PULVIS ET UMBRA 299

IX. A CHRISTMAS SERMON 306

X. FATHER DAMIEN: AN OPEN LETTER TO THE REVEREND DR. HYDE OF HONOLULU 315

XI. MY FIRST BOOK "TREASURE ISLAND" 331

XII. THE GENESIS OF "THE MASTER OF BALLANTRAE" 341

XIII. RANDOM MEMORIES: Rosa Quo Locorum 345

XIV. REFLECTIONS AND REMARKS ON HUMAN LIFE 354

XV. THE IDEAL HOUSE 370

LAY MORALS 379

PRAYERS WRITTEN FOR FAMILY USE AT VAILIMA 431

RECORDS OF A FAMILY OF ENGINEERS

RECORDS OF A FAMILY OF ENGINEERS

INTRODUCTION

THE SURNAME OF STEVENSON

From the thirteenth century onwards, the name, under the various disguises of Stevinstoun, Stevensoun, Stevensonne, Stenesone, and Stewinsoune, spread across Scotland from the mouth of the Firth of Forth to the mouth of the Firth of Clyde. Four times at least it occurs as a place name. There is a parish of Stevenston in Cunningham; a second place of the name in the Barony of Bothwell in Lanark; a third on Lyne, above Drochil Castle; the fourth on the Tyne, near Traprain Law. Stevenson of Stevenson (co. Lanark) swore fealty to Edward I. in 1296, and the last of that family died after the Restoration... Continue reading book >>


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