Essays of Robert Louis Stevenson
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Essays of Robert Louis Stevenson

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G. K. Chesterton said of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson that he "seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins." This collection of Stevenson's essays includes:

On the Enjoyment of Unpleasant PlacesAn Apology for IdlersAes TriplexTalk and TalkersA Gossip on RomanceThe Character of DogsA College MagazineBooks Which Have Influ...more
Published January 1st 2009 by Floating Press (first published January 1st 1918)
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A couple amazing essays, a couple bad ones, several that are mediocre. The writing, of course, is great throughout, so the degree to which I enjoyed any particular essay is entirely related to how interesting I found each topic. APOLOGY FOR IDLERS and AES TRIPLEX are two of the best essays I've ever read, both in terms of writing and subject matter. On the other hand, THE CHARACTER OF DOGS is, to me, every bit as lame and tacky as one of those Dogs Playing Poker paintings. A GOSSIP ON ROMANCE an...more
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Stevenson exudes an adventurer's constitution. I was drawn in especially after listening to his essay on walking. He is humorous and perceptive. He has much to say worth pondering.
Exceptional essayist. He writes of how he discovered that one can become satisfied anywhere, even in the windy alcove of a barren coastline, but he still managed to travel the world with a debilitating lung condition.

I wish we could shake even more Scottsmen in the rain, then shake them out again in a pub somewhere.

You must visit the museum in Edinburgh dedicated to Stevenson's short life.
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Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of Neo-romanticism in 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...more
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“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.” 403 likes
“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in. As I walked, my mind was busy fitting what I saw with appropriate words; when I sat by the roadside, I would either read or a pencil and a penny version-book would be in my hand, to note the features of the scene or commemorate some halting stanzas. Thus I lived with words.” 0 likes
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