Robert Louis Stevenson: Out of the Shadows
|For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.|
I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (1879)
The difficulty of literature is not to write, but
to write what you mean; not to affect your reader,
but to affect him precisely as you wish.
Virginibus Puerisque (1881)
It is the mark of a good action that
it appears inevitable in the retrospect.
Reflections and Remarks on Human Life (1898)
When most people think of Robert Louis Stevenson, they probably think about his Treasure Island — visions of pirates, Long John Silver, "Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum" and all that. Some may think of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Stevenson, however, was an extremely versatile and prolific writer. In addition to novels, he wrote collections of short stories, poetry, travel narratives, and critical essays, not to mention his vast output of letters. Stevenson was a celebrity in his own time, but future generations relegated him to the children's book shelves, and dismissed him as a great literary mind, leaving him out of the canon of English literature. Fortunately, the tide has turned and appreciation for Stevenson is resurfacing.
I have just finished a new website for Stevenson at Luminarium. If it sounds like your cup of tea, do visit:
Luminarium Robert Louis Stevenson Site