The Quest for Robert Louis Stevenson

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-08-01
  • Publisher: Luath Pr

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During his many travels in search of health, Stevenson gathered not only a literary fame but also an extended family of hangers-on. Years of restless wandering in Europe and the US (California, Saranac Lake, New York, Hawaii) led him finally to tropical Samoa, where he found not only wellbeing, but a release of the passionate potential that had been in him from his chilly beginnings in Edinburgh. What might have been a veritable paradise in his last years, however, was marred by the eccentric behaviour of his wife, California-born Fanny Osbourne. As he came into his own, she retreated into paranoia. Yet such was his loyalty to her that he allowed himself to be trapped in a situation that grew more untenable.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
CHAPTER 1 Grit and Grace 1(12)
CHAPTER 2 A Daft-like Laddie 13(14)
CHAPTER 3 Love, What is Love? 27(16)
CHAPTER 4 The Reluctant Advocate 43(16)
CHAPTER 5 The Illogical Adventure 59(12)
CHAPTER 6 A Steady Determination 71(8)
CHAPTER 7 Marriage in extremis 79(10)
CHAPTER 8 Child of Air 89(14)
CHAPTER 9 A Shilling Shocker 103(10)
CHAPTER 10 Divided Loyalties 113(12)
CHAPTER 11 Such Beautiful Scenes 125(12)
CHAPTER 12 A Very Meaningful Relationship 137(12)
CHAPTER 13 The Breakthrough 149(10)
CHAPTER 14 The Speaking Chief 159(8)
CHAPTER 15 Less Afraid of a Petticoat 167(6)
CHAPTER 16 Against the Tide 173(14)
Postscript 187(6)
RLS: A Concise Chronology 193(8)
Bibliography 201

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