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The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition, Vol. 3   By: (1850-1894)

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THE WORKS OF ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

SWANSTON EDITION

VOLUME III

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: SWANSTON COTTAGE, THE HOME OF R.L.S. FROM 1868 TO 1876]

THE WORKS OF ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

VOLUME THREE

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

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

CONTENTS

FAMILIAR STUDIES OF MEN AND BOOKS

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PREFACE BY WAY OF CRITICISM 5

I. VICTOR HUGO'S ROMANCES 19

II. SOME ASPECTS OF ROBERT BURNS 43

III. WALT WHITMAN 77

IV. HENRY DAVID THOREAU: HIS CHARACTER AND OPINIONS 101

V. YOSHIDA TORAJIRO 129

VI. FRANÇOIS VILLON, STUDENT, POET, AND HOUSEBREAKER 142

VII. CHARLES OF ORLEANS 171

VIII. SAMUEL PEPYS 206

IX. JOHN KNOX AND HIS RELATIONS TO WOMEN 230

THE BODY SNATCHER 277

FAMILIAR STUDIES OF MEN AND BOOKS

TO THOMAS STEVENSON CIVIL ENGINEER

BY WHOSE DEVICES THE GREAT SEA LIGHTS IN EVERY QUARTER OF THE WORLD NOW SHINE MORE BRIGHTLY

THIS VOLUME IS IN LOVE AND GRATITUDE DEDICATED BY HIS SON

THE AUTHOR

PREFACE BY WAY OF CRITICISM

These studies are collected from the monthly press. One appeared in the New Quarterly , one in Macmillan's , and the rest in the Cornhill Magazine . To the Cornhill I owe a double debt of thanks; first, that I was received there in the very best society, and under the eye of the very best of editors; and second, that the proprietors have allowed me to republish so considerable an amount of copy.

These nine worthies have been brought together from many different ages and countries. Not the most erudite of men could be perfectly prepared to deal with so many and such various sides of human life and manners. To pass a true judgment upon Knox and Burns implies a grasp upon the very deepest strain of thought in Scotland, a country far more essentially different from England than many parts of America; for, in a sense, the first of these men re created Scotland, and the second is its most essentially national production. To treat fitly of Hugo and Villon would involve yet wider knowledge, not only of a country foreign to the author by race, history, and religion, but of the growth and liberties of art. Of the two Americans, Whitman and Thoreau, each is the type of something not so much realised as widely sought after among the late generations of their countrymen; and to see them clearly in a nice relation to the society that brought them forth, an author would require a large habit of life among modern Americans. As for Yoshida, I have already disclaimed responsibility; it was but my hand that held the pen.

In truth, these are but the readings of a literary vagrant. One book led to another, one study to another. The first was published with trepidation. Since no bones were broken, the second was launched with greater confidence. So, by insensible degrees, a young man of our generation acquires, in his own eyes, a kind of roving judicial commission through the ages: and, having once escaped the perils of the Freemans and the Furnivalls, sets himself up to right the wrongs of universal history and criticism. Now it is one thing to write with enjoyment on a subject while the story is hot in your mind from recent reading, coloured with recent prejudice; and it is quite another business to put these writings coldly forth again in a bound volume... Continue reading book >>


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