By R.C. Terry
Amongst the classics of kid's literature, Treasure Island and abducted stay as renowned at the present time as ever. And lately, there was a wave of unpolluted enthusiasm for the writer of those novels, with the e-book of numerous new biographies and collections of his letters. Stevenson's popularity has soared and his trip writing is now considered of specific curiosity, supplying a special perception into lifestyles at the South Sea islands. This interesting quantity brings jointly the main memorable interviews and reminiscences from a wealth of fabric, portraying the existence and occasions of 1 of the nineteenth-century's such a lot winning writers.
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Extra resources for Robert Louis Stevenson: Interviews and Recollections
Margaret Isabella Balfour (1829-97), daughter of the Reverend Dr Lewis Balfour (1777-186O), minister of Colinton, was, like her husband, one of 13 children, and grew up with her brothers, sisters and many cousins in the manse on the Water of Leith outside Edinburgh. Lively, spirited, outgoing, she was the ideal partner for Thomas Stevenson (1818-87), the engineer whom she married in 1848. Louis was their only child and pride of their lives. Inheriting a weak chest from her own father, she suffered ill health during Louis's infancy, and much of his nursery care was undertaken by the adored Alison Cunningham, his 'second mother'.
Charles John Guthrie (1849-1920), later Lord Guthrie, jurist, historian, antiquarian, was a fellow member of the Speculative Society at Edinburgh UniverSity. ' 11 Cromarty and Sutherland (1900-7), Chairman of the Early Scottish Text Society (1910), President of the Royal Scottish and Geographical S0ciety (1917-19). He published works on John Knox and Robert Louis Stevenson: Some Personal Recollections by the late Lord Guthrie (1920). In 1908 he took the tenancy of Swanston Cottage in the Pentland Hills, the Stevensons' country retreat from 1867 to 1881.
For even then he had - to the grief of his father, if not of both his parents - a fixed idea that literature was his calling, and a marvellously mature conception of the course of self-education through which he required to put himself in order to succeed. Among other things, we were encouraged to make verse-translations, and, for some reasons or other, I specially well remember a passage of Ovid, which he rendered in Scottlike octosyllabics, and I in heroic couplets, which I probably thought commendably like those of Mr Pope.