An Inland Voyage and Travels with a Donkey

An Inland Voyage and Travels with a Donkey

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An Inland Voyage and Travels with a Donkey

An Inland Voyage and Travels with a Donkey

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Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh on November 13, 1850. He came of a family conspicuous for worthy accomplishment. His mother was the daughter of Lewis Balfour, minister of the parish of Colinton, and granddaughter of James Balfour, a professor in the University of Edinburgh. His father, Thomas Stevenson, a member of a firm of lighthouse builders, continued with distinction a profession in which the family had already won notable success. The firm of Stevensons, which included Robert Louis's two uncles, Alan and David, built a large number of shore-lights and beacons, chief among them the noble deep-sea light of Skerryvore. Thomas Stevenson was a man fond of books and a somewhat prolific writer on subjects relating to his own profession; a man, his son records with pride, "of reputation comparatively small at home, yet filling the world." His chief success was won in his inventions for the improvement of lighthouse illumination, which "entitled their author to the name of one of mankind's benefactors."

That Louis should take up the hereditary profession of his family was at first assumed as a matter of course, but the leadings of his genius determined otherwise. Many of the influences of his boyhood were such as to awaken and stimulate an imaginative nature. The intervals of his formal schooling (which was rendered intermittent by his . . .

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