Across America on an Emigrant Train (Hardcover)

By Jim Murphy

Clarion Books, 9780395633908, 168pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 1993

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Description

An account of Robert Louis Stevenson's twelve day journey from New York to California in 1879, interwoven with a history of the building of the transcontinental railroad and the settling of the West.



Praise For Across America on an Emigrant Train

"The 19th century’s transcontinental railroads, explored via a delightfully effective narrative device: tracing the 1879 journey of Robert Louis Stevenson, who, at 29, was making an as-swift-as-possible journey from Edinburgh to Monterey, California. . . . A fascinating, imaginatively structured account that brings the experience vividly to life in all its detail: history at its best. Generously illustrated with period photos and prints; endpaper map; extensive bibliography, mostly of sources; index."

Kirkus Reviews with Pointers

"A readable and valuable contribution to literature concerning expansion into the American West." School Library Journal, Starred

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