Saturday, December 03, 2005


Anniversary of the death of Robert Louis Stevenson

My desk copy of A Book of Days for the Literary Year (editor Neal T. Jones, Thames and Hudson, 1984) notes that RLS died on December 3rd, 1894, in Apia, Samoa. So it's been 111 years. He was only 44 years old. Last month I read Kidnapped and its sequel David Balfour, after watching the dramatic and swashbuckling PBS Masterpiece Theatre adaptation:

I love Stevenson, and over the years have read and re-read his poetry and travel narratives. His very fine Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes ends with this:

"You may paddle all day long; but it is when you come back at nightfall, and look in at the familiar room, that you find Love or Death awaiting you beside the stove; and the most beautiful adventures are not those we go to seek."

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