Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes and the Amateur Emigrant

Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes and the Amateur Emigrant

By Robert Louis Stevenson; Christopher MacLachlan (Editor)

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780141439464, 269pp.

Publication Date: January 25, 2005

Description
In 1878, Robert Louis Stevenson was suffering from poor health, struggling to survive on the income derived from his writings, and tormented by his infatuation with Fanny Osbourne, a married American woman. His response was to embark on a journey through the Cevennes with a donkey, Modestine, and a notebook, which he later transformed into "Travels with a Donkey." Just a few months after publication, Stevenson was off again this time crossing the Atlantic and the breadth of America in the hope of being re-united with Fanny, an experience he recorded in "The Amateur Emigrant." Both pieces are classics of travel writings, which reveal as much about Stevenson's character as the landscape he travels through.
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About the Author
Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson was a prolific Scottish poet and novelist in the 19th century. He was admired by many other authors, and his work includes The Black Arrow, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He died in 1894.


Christopher MacLachlan teaches at the University of St. Andrews and is the editor of the Penguin Classics edition of "The Monk" by Matthew Lewis.