Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Across the Plains” as Want to Read:
Across the Plains
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Across the Plains

3.06 of 5 stars 3.06  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The Shelf2life History of the American West Collection is a unique project that provides opportunities for researchers and new readers to easily access and explore works which have previously only been available on library shelves. The Collection brings to life pre-1923 titles focusing on a wide range of topics and experiences in US Western history. From the initial westwa ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published March 22nd 2010 by BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research) (first published 1883)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Across the Plains, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Across the Plains

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 92)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Oct 03, 2015 Owlseyes rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Owlseyes by: sam o ans
Shelves: scottish, travelogue

This is a travelogue of a fair good quality, in my view. It’s the New York-San Francisco route, as the title implies, via the plains landscape.

Despite all the troubles and harshness inherent (for some time Stevenson is a 3rd class train-passenger) , it conveys very well this new-continent impressions, the beauty of the language, and this mix of peoples encountered.

“All times, races and languages have brought their contribution”.

Stevenson (a great traveler) could say ”no place in the world” h
Dan Quigley
Across the Plains is the middle book of a trilogy dealing with some of Stevenson's travels. I do not recommend starting with this book any more than I would recommend starting with the middle book of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The first book of the trilogy is The Amateur Emigrant, which chronicles how Stevenson came to be in New York at the start of Across the Plains. The Amateur Emigrant is available on the Gutenberg website under the title "Essays of Travel." E-readers that offer the compl ...more
It's very rare that I am so bored by a book I can't keep reading it - but after the first part about the American west, I couldn't force myself to keep going.
Definitely not Stevenson's greatest work. However, it was still interesting to read his thoughts on a trans-continental trip.
Ginette Smith
I found the first part somewhat interesting but the rest read like a very boring diary.
Stick with Treasure Island...
Sue marked it as to-read
Sep 30, 2015
Mallory Hebert
Mallory Hebert marked it as to-read
Sep 30, 2015
Lacey Raye
Lacey Raye marked it as to-read
Aug 27, 2015
Elizabeth Knaus
Elizabeth Knaus marked it as to-read
Jul 23, 2015
Tracy added it
Jul 26, 2015
Femke marked it as to-read
Aug 25, 2015
Maria marked it as to-read
Jun 30, 2015
Laura marked it as to-read
Jun 30, 2015
Marie H
Marie H marked it as to-read
Aug 06, 2015
Mitch marked it as to-read
Jun 02, 2015
Shames marked it as to-read
May 10, 2015
Júlia Martí
Júlia Martí marked it as to-read
May 02, 2015
Jusephus Coll
Jusephus Coll marked it as to-read
Apr 24, 2015
Natan Nasekin
Natan Nasekin marked it as to-read
Apr 22, 2015
Ahmed Ibrahim
Ahmed Ibrahim marked it as to-read
Mar 30, 2015
Claire added it
Oct 06, 2015
David Rhodes
David Rhodes marked it as to-read
Jan 17, 2015
Luís Blue Yorkie
Luís Blue Yorkie marked it as to-read
Jan 07, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of English literature. He was greatly admired by many authors, including Jorge Luis Borges, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling and Vladimir Nabokov.

Most modernist writers dismissed him, however, because he was popular and did not write within their narrow definition of literature. It is o
More about Robert Louis Stevenson...
Treasure Island The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales of Terror Kidnapped (David Balfour, #1) A Child's Garden of Verses

Share This Book

“Everyone lives by selling something.” 0 likes
More quotes…