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Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers   By: (1850-1894)

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In "Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers," Robert Louis Stevenson delves into a captivating exploration of life and its many facets. Through a series of essays, he seamlessly merges wit, insight, and eloquence, leaving readers intrigued and enlightened.

Stevenson's writing style effortlessly captivates the audience from the very first page. His dexterity with words, as well as his ability to weave complex ideas into compelling narratives, sets this collection apart. Each essay presents a fresh perspective on diverse topics, ranging from literature and art to philosophical musings on the human experience.

One of the standout features of this collection is Stevenson's keen eye for observation. He crafts vivid descriptions, utilizing his surroundings as a canvas to paint a colorful and evocative picture for readers. Whether he explores the enchantments of nature or delves into the intricate dynamics of human relationships, Stevenson's ability to capture both beauty and complexity is nothing short of remarkable.

Moreover, the authenticity infused within the essays is striking. Stevenson fearlessly confronts the complexities of life, often contemplating mortality, time, and the intricacies of love and friendship. These existential ponderings are presented with a rare vulnerability that allows readers to connect with his musings on a deeply personal level.

Furthermore, Stevenson injects humor into his writing, providing moments of respite amidst deeper contemplations. He effortlessly balances serious discussions with lighthearted anecdotes and witty remarks, creating an engaging and enjoyable reading experience. This mastery of tone and pacing keeps readers consistently engaged, turning each page with eager anticipation.

While the collection covers a wide array of subjects, an underlying theme of appreciating life emerges. Stevenson encourages readers to cherish fleeting moments, embrace the beauty in simplicity, and find joy amidst both successes and failures. His musings often leave readers pondering their own lives and the world around them, prompting introspection long after the book is closed.

In "Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers," Robert Louis Stevenson showcases his profound wisdom, introspection, and literary finesse. This collection is a testament to Stevenson's ability to touch the hearts and minds of readers, offering a beautifully introspective journey through life's multifaceted tapestry. Whether a fan of thought-provoking essays or simply seeking a literary masterpiece, this collection is a must-read for those craving intellectual nourishment and an exquisite literary experience.

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Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers by Robert Louis Stevenson.


Contents Virginibus Puerisque Crabbed Age and Youth An Apology For Idlers Ordered South Aes Triplex El Dorado The English Admirals Some Portraits by Raeburn Child's Play Walking Tours Pan's Pipes A Plea For Gas Lamps


WITH the single exception of Falstaff, all Shakespeare's characters are what we call marrying men. Mercutio, as he was own cousin to Benedick and Biron, would have come to the same end in the long run. Even Iago had a wife, and, what is far stranger, he was jealous. People like Jacques and the Fool in LEAR, although we can hardly imagine they would ever marry, kept single out of a cynical humour or for a broken heart, and not, as we do nowadays, from a spirit of incredulity and preference for the single state. For that matter, if you turn to George Sand's French version of AS YOU LIKE IT (and I think I can promise you will like it but little), you will find Jacques marries Celia just as Orlando marries Rosalind.

At least there seems to have been much less hesitation over marriage in Shakespeare's days; and what hesitation there was was of a laughing sort, and not much more serious, one way or the other, than that of Panurge... Continue reading book >>

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