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The Resource Dreams of exile : Robert Louis Stevenson, a biography, Ian Bell

Dreams of exile : Robert Louis Stevenson, a biography, Ian Bell

Label
Dreams of exile : Robert Louis Stevenson, a biography
Title
Dreams of exile
Title remainder
Robert Louis Stevenson, a biography
Statement of responsibility
Ian Bell
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • ""Fiction is to grown men what play is to the child," Robert Louis Stevenson once said in a statement that perfectly captures the magic of his own fiction. Immensely popular during his brief life - he died in 1894 at the age of forty-four - he has never lacked for readers since. In the century that followed his death, many biographies have been written, each with its own image of R.L.S.: the sickly, dreaming child; the Bohemian dandy outraging Victorian Edinburgh; the romantic wanderer leading his donkey through the wilds of the Cevennes; the frail genius doomed to die young. For some, he is the man of action avid for experience, filled with wanderlust; for others, the writer of stories beloved by children and familiar from innumerable film and television dramas. Still others know him as the essayist whose skills matched William Hazlitt's and the novelist to whom even Henry James deferred. All of these are R.L.S., but none is the full Stevenson." "Now, in this new and acclaimed biography, Ian Bell attempts to see Stevenson whole, to trace the line of descent from the son of Calvinist engineers to the man who ended his days as Tusitala among the Samoan islanders. Understanding that for Stevenson geography mattered, Bell sets out to discover the complete man through the places he lived and the people he lived among as well as through the books that poured from him during his all-too-short literary life. As such, Dreams of Exile is both literary biography and travel narrative. It follows Stevenson's development as an artist and as a man by following his often chaotic progress from continent to continent, in good health and in bad, in poverty and in wealth. Along the way, it reveals his often tortured relations with his family, his robust sexuality, and the mystery of his stormy marriage to a woman many years his senior."
  • "But perhaps Bell's most important contribution is to rescue R.L.S. from the many conflicting and often romanticized images that have continued to surround him, and in the process to make a telling case for Stevenson's genius as a writer."--Jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1956-2015
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bell, Ian
Dewey number
  • 828/.809
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
PR5493
LC item number
.B4 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Stevenson, Robert Louis
  • Stevenson, Robert Louis
  • Stevenson, Robert Louis
  • Stevenson, Robert Louis
  • Stevenson, Robert Louis
  • Authors, Scottish
  • Travelers
  • Écrivains écossais
  • Voyageurs
  • Authors, Scottish
  • Travelers
  • Scotland
  • Biografie
  • Travelers
  • Authors, Scottish
Label
Dreams of exile : Robert Louis Stevenson, a biography, Ian Bell
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 278-282) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm27896333
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
xxiii, 296 pages
Isbn
9780805028072
Lccn
93003792
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o27896333
  • (OCoLC)27896333
Label
Dreams of exile : Robert Louis Stevenson, a biography, Ian Bell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 278-282) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm27896333
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
xxiii, 296 pages
Isbn
9780805028072
Lccn
93003792
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o27896333
  • (OCoLC)27896333

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