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By R.C. Terry

Amongst the classics of kid's literature, Treasure Island and abducted stay as well known at the present time as ever. And lately, there was a wave of clean enthusiasm for the writer of those novels, with the book of a number of new biographies and collections of his letters. Stevenson's attractiveness has soared and his go back and forth writing is now considered of specific curiosity, delivering a distinct perception into existence at the South Sea islands. This attention-grabbing quantity brings jointly the main memorable interviews and reminiscences from a wealth of fabric, portraying the existence and instances of 1 of the nineteenth-century's such a lot winning writers.

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He of all mortals, who was, in a sense, always still a boy! He and my other schoolmates were, I fancy, pretty often at my house, which, being in the country, was more attractive on holidays than their town houses. I was not very often in 17 Heriot Row, and I had a notion then, of which I have never been disabused, that I was not a persona grata to Stevenson pere on account of my being an art-and-part accomplice in his son's literary schemes and ambitions. Mrs Stevenson was always kind and gracious, but, in spite of that, I always felt rather like a bale of contraband goods, as I passed in at the door of No.

Smout's Favourite Occupation MARGARET STEVENSON From Margaret Isabella Balfour Stevenson, Stevenson's Baby Book (1922). The Balfours of Pilrig were of ancient Scots lineage; the portrayal of the Laird of Pilrig in Catriona (1893) draws on this ancestry. Margaret Isabella Balfour (1829-97), daughter of the Reverend Dr Lewis Balfour (1777-186O), minister of Colinton, was, like her husband, one of 13 children, and grew up with her brothers, sisters and many cousins in the manse on the Water of Leith outside Edinburgh.

Ships bulk largely in Tusitala's tales. A ship very appropriately appeared on his monument at San Francisco, a fine old-world galley of the build those Vikings used in their sea-raidings. There hung in the house of Louis's boyish greatgrandfather, Alan Stevenson, 'and,' he says, 'successively in those of my grandfather and father, an oil painting of a ship of many tons burthen. The picture was preserved through years of hardship, and remains to this day in the possession of the family, the only memorial of my great-grandsire Alan.

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