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The Amateur Emigrant

The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson is a riveting and introspective account of the author's journey from Scotland to America in the late 19th century. Stevenson's keen observations and rich descriptions bring to life the hardships and challenges faced by emigrants during this time, as well as the excitement and uncertainty of starting a new life in a foreign land.

Through his candid reflections and emotional struggles, Stevenson gives readers a glimpse into the complexities of immigration and the relentless pursuit of a better future. His writing style is both engaging and thought-provoking, making this memoir a captivating read for anyone interested in history, travel, or the human experience.

Overall, The Amateur Emigrant is a compelling and heartfelt narrative that offers valuable insights into the immigrant experience and the universal desire for adventure and self-discovery. Stevenson's poignant storytelling and vivid imagery make this book a must-read for those looking to explore the intricacies of human migration and resilience.

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In July 1879, Robert Louis Stevenson left Scotland to meet his future wife in her native California. Leaving by ship from Glasgow, Scotland, he determined to travel in steerage class to see how the working classes fared. At the last minute he was convinced by friends to purchase a ticket one grade above the lowest price, for which he was later thankful after seeing the conditions in steerage, but he still lived among the ‘lower’ classes. His comments on the experience make interesting reading. His father however was so shocked at the thought of his son associating with people ‘beneath him’ that the work was not published for a number of years,

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