The Essential Travel Writings

The Essential Travel Writings – Robert Louis Stevenson

“The Story of a Lie”has a curious bibliography. It was written in August, 1879 on a voyage from Glasgow to New York, “in a slantindicular cabin, with the table playing bob-cherry with the ink-bottle.” It was sold to Kegan Paul’s “withered babe, the New Quarterly,” a periodical of brief existence, where it appeared in October, 1879, having been forwarded to Mr. Sidney Colvin immediately on the author’s arrival in America. R. L. S. was anxious to know what impression it made upon his friends, who were told to “ remember that it was written at sea in great anxiety of mind,” but it did not, in the agitated history of his affairs, then attract much notice. Nearly three years later, when Stevenson was at Davos, some one prepared “The Story of a Lie” for book publication in England.

The Essential Travel Writings

The Essential Travel Writings

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The Essential Travel Writings.

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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”.


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