Across the Plains
MONDAY. - It was, if I remember rightly, five o'clock when we were all signalled to be present at the Ferry Depot of the railroad. An emigrant ship had arrived at New York on the Saturday night, another on the Sunday morning, our own on Sunday afternoon, a fourth early on Monday; and as there is no...more
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 ...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