St. Ives: Being The Adventures of a French Prisoner in England
Robert Louis Stevenson was born in 1850 in Edinburgh, the son of an engineer. He briefly studied engineering, then law, and contributed to university magazines while a student. Despite life-long poor health, he was an enthusiastic traveller, writing about European travels in the late 1870s and marrying in America in 1879. He contributed to various periodicals, writing first essays and later fiction. His first novel was Treasure Island in 1883, intended for his stepson, who coll
Having just seen the movie St. Ives, I was surprised by how much and how quickly the book proved to be different from the film. The movie was fun -- a light-hearted Napoleonic romance -- and some of that is in Stevenson's unfinished novel. But I confess I do not know where he thought he was going with his ...more
Despite that, didn't have much memory of this book at all. It is ADORABLE! Such a fun sense of humor.
In my aforementioned gorgeous set (dated 1897, Charles Scribner's Sons) there is the following editorial note:
"The following tale was taken down from Mr. Stevenson's dictation by his step-daughter and amanuensis, Mrs. Strong, at intervals between Janu ...more
[I have since read the ending by Arthur Quiller-Couch, who does a quite marvellous jo ...more
Most modernist writers dismissed him, however, because he was popular and did not write within their narrow definition of literature. It is o ...more