Ballads – Robert Louis Stevenson

The most ambitious and, if one excepts the Child’s Garden, the best of Stevenson’s work in verse belongs to his thirty-seventh and thirty-eighth years. The ballad was a literary form which he did not attempt until his second visit to America. Ticonderoga, founded on a legend of the Camerons, was written at Saranac, and published in ‘ Scribner’s Magazine,’ December 1887. In the following year at Tautira in the island of Tahiti, he learnt the legend which in The Song of Rahero is told with a flood of savage gusto in keeping with its tragic subject. The ballad, and that of The Feast of Famine, in which were ‘strung together some of the more striking particularities of the Marquesas,’ were written during the stay at Tautira imposed by repairs to the ‘ Casco.’ With Ticonderoga and the two shorter pieces, Heather Ale and Christmas at Sea, the latter of which had previously appeared in the ‘Scots Observer,’ December 22, 1888, they formed this volume, Ballads, issued in 1891.



Format: Paperback.


ISBN: 9783849676421.

Available at and other venues.


Biography of Robert Louis Stevenson  (from Wikipedia):

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and A Child’s Garden of Verses.

A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks as the 26th most translated author in the world. His works have been admired by many other writers, including Jorge Luis Borges, Bertolt Brecht, Marcel Proust, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry James, Cesare Pavese, Emilio Salgari, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, Vladimir Nabokov, J. M. Barrie, and G. K. Chesterton, who said of him that he “seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins”.


(The text of the last section was taken from a Wikipedia entry and is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.)


Publisher’s Note: This book is printed and distributed by Createspace a DBA of On-Demand Publishing LLC and is typically not available anywhere else than in stores owned and operated by Amazon or Createspace.

Dieser Beitrag wurde unter Classics of Fiction (English), Stevenson, Robert Louis veröffentlicht. Setze ein Lesezeichen auf den Permalink.

Schreibe einen Kommentar

Deine E-Mail-Adresse wird nicht veröffentlicht.