Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson

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When a popular writer dies, the question it has become the fashion with a nervous generation to ask is the question, 'Will he live?' There is no idler question, none more hopelessly impossible and unprofitable to answer. It is one of the many vanities of criticism to promise immortality to the authors that it praises, to patronise a writer with the assurance that our great-grandchildren, whose time and tastes are thus frivolously mortgaged, will read his works with delight. But 'there is no antidote against the opium of time, which temporally considereth all things: our fathers find their graves in our short . . .

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