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Familiar Studies of Men and Books

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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Paperback, 174 pages
Published November 3rd 2006 by Hard Press (first published 1882)
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Sarah
Nov 03, 2016 Sarah rated it did not like it
The section on Knox is biased to the point of slander. Thankfully, both Knox and I are way past caring.
Neil
Jun 09, 2014 Neil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, engaging essays by Stevenson about a variety of Scottish, French, American, and Japanese writers / figures (as well as Samuel Pepys--the one Englishman to slip by). The ones about French medieval writers Charles of Orleans and Francois Villon are especially good, as are the ones on Hugo, Whitman, and Pepys. One might not always agree with Stevenson's neglect of the works for the men or, alternatively, his conclusions about these writers, but the essays provide a fascinating glimpse of ...more
Francisca
*2,75 or something like that*

This book was not as interesting as I expected it to be.

Initially, I thought it would give me a inside look on Robert Louis Stevenson's literary tastes, but it turned out to be a dry history lesson about people I could not care about (except Whitman.)

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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
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