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By William Gray

Greater than such a lot writers, Robert Louis Stevenson advantages a Literary lifestyles. Fascination with Stevenson's lifestyles (the "Stevenson biography" is sort of a minor style) has tended to eclipse his literary fulfillment. This learn specializes in Stevenson's writing perform in the diverse geographical, cultural and political contexts that formed it, from Scotland to the South Seas. Following Stevenson's personal perspectives on biography, the booklet isn't established essentially when it comes to chronology, yet is extra one of those literary geography than conventional literary heritage.

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That he, like many of his contemporaries (and especially those least conscious of it), owed a debt of gratitude to Meredith, Stevenson later acknowledged in a letter of February 1890, in which he tentatively agreed to edit a volume of Meredith’s uncollected short stories (L6 368–9). Stevenson wished to delay a final decision on this project until he could meet Meredith himself when he made the journey from the South Seas back to Europe in June 1890. However, neither the planned visit, nor the book proposal, ever materialized.

Have always found them singularly pleasing. Any stroller must be dear to the right-thinking heart; if it were only as a living protest against offices and the mercantile spirit’ (T17 103). He continued: [I]f a man is only so much of an actor that he can stumble through a farce, he is made free of a new order of thoughts. He has something else to think about beside the money-box. He has a pride of his own, and, what is of far more importance, he has an aim before him that he can never quite attain.

Another giant of nineteenth century French literature whose works were familiar to Stevenson was Victor Hugo, a snatch of whose verse he was wont to drop into his correspondence (L1 374, 447). Stevenson’s first published piece of literary criticism was his essay ‘Victor Hugo’s Romances’, which appeared in the Cornhill in August 1874. Colvin had passed on to Stevenson a commission from Leslie Stephen for an article on Hugo’s novels, since Stevenson, according to Colvin, was already working on an essay on Hugo when Colvin visited him in Monaco (S 13).

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