Travels With Donkey In The Cevennes And The Amateur Emigrant (Paperback)

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    Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) was born in Edinburgh. In the brief span of forty-four years, dogged by poor health, he made an enormous contribution to English literature with his novels, poetry, and essays. The son of upper-middle-class parents, he was the victim of lung trouble from birth, and spent a sheltered childhood surrounded by constant care. The balance of his life was taken up with his unremitting devotion to work, and a search for a cure to his illness that took him all over the world. His travel essays were publihsed widely, and his short fiction was gathered in many volumes. His first full-length work of fiction,Treasure Island, was published in 1883 and brought him great fame, which only increased with the publication ofThe Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886). He followed with the Scottish romancesKidnapped (1886) and The Master of Ballantrae (1889). In 1888 he set out with his family for the South Seas, traveling to the leper colony at Molokai, and finally settling in Samoa, where he died.
    In 1878, Robert Louis Stevenson escaped from his numerous troubles - poor health, tormented love, inadequate funds - by embarking on a journey through the Cevennes in France, accompanied by Modestine, a rather single-minded donkey. The notebook Stevenson kept during this time became Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes, a highly entertaining account of the French people and their country. The Amateur Emigrant is a journal of his travels to and in America - describing the crowded weeks in steerage with the poor and sick, as well as stowaways - and the train journey he took across the country. Filled with sharp-eyed observations, this work conveys Stevenson's perceptions of America and the Americans. Together, these two pieces are examples of nineteenth-century travel writing, revealing as much about the traveller as the places he travels to.
    Christopher MacLachlan's introduction places the works in their biographical and literary context. This edition also includes pieces from Stevenson's original notebooks, a chronology, further reading, notes and maps of the journeys.


    Dimensions 9.0x6.45x0.75
    ISBN 9780141439464
    Genre FICTION / Classics
    Format Paperback
    Pages 269
    Publisher Date 2005-01-31 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Penguin Classics
    Copyright Year 2004
    Height 7.75 in
    Wdth 5.25 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.55 lb
    Language English
    Series Name Penguin Classics
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Stevenson, Robert Louis

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