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 was suffering from poor health, struggling to survive on the income derived from his writings, and tormented by his infatuation with Fanny Osbourne, a married American woman. His response was to embark on a journey through the Cevennes with a donkey, Modestine, and a notebook, which he later transformed intoTravels with a Donkey. Just a few months after publication, Stevenson was off again—this time crossing the Atlantic and the breadth of America in the hope of being re-united with Fanny, an experience he recorded inThe Amateur Emigrant. Both pieces are classics of travel writings, which reveal as much about Stevenson's character as the landscape he travels through.

    For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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    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
    Dimensions 9.0x6.45x0.75

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