Robert Louis Stevenson: A Critical Biography - Vol. 1

Robert Louis Stevenson: A Critical Biography - Vol. 1

Robert Louis Stevenson: A Critical Biography - Vol. 1

Robert Louis Stevenson: A Critical Biography - Vol. 1

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Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850 and died in Samoa in 1894. Into his comparatively short life of forty-four years, especially into the last two decades of it, he crowded adventures and experiences such as fell to no other author of his time and to few authors of any time. From birth he was consecrated to Romance. In his cradle the Mystic Mother breathed her magic spell upon him and while he lived it remained unbroken. His brave response to the early and clearly divined call may fitly be expressed in the great lines from Paradise Lost:

Go thou -- I shall not lag behind nor err The way, thou leading.

And as she led he followed, never lagging behind, never erring the way.

The result is a precious double legacy; first a delightful contribution to the romantic literature of his country and the world; next such an example of courage amid difficulties as must continue to inspire men to remote generations.

In the novelist's outfit many things are essential . . .

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