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Familiar Studies of Men and Books Robert Louis Stevenson

Familiar Studies of Men and Books By Robert Louis Stevenson

Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson


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Published together in 1882, these literary essays explore the lives and works of nine writers from around the world and across the centuries, including Victor Hugo, Walt Whitman and Samuel Pepys. The studies are known for their conversational style and unusual combination of character assessment and scholarly critique.

Familiar Studies of Men and Books Summary

Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

This collection of literary essays by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94) explores the lives and works of nine writers from around the world and across the centuries, including Victor Hugo, Robert Burns, Walt Whitman and Samuel Pepys. Published together in 1882, the studies here had previously appeared in periodicals, chiefly the Cornhill Magazine, and are known for their conversational style and unusual combination of character assessment and scholarly critique. In his preface, Stevenson describes the book as 'the readings of a literary vagrant', emphasising that the essays were inspired by a genuine personal interest in the authors and their works. Over the course of his own career as a writer, Stevenson published in a wide range of literary forms and genres. Today this collection reveals much about the diversity of his influences and tastes, as well as offering an insight into his moral and aesthetic values.

Table of Contents

Preface, by way of criticism; 1. Victor Hugo's romances; 2. Some aspects of Robert Burns; 3. Walt Whitman; 4. Henry David Thoreau; 5. Yoshia-Torajiro; 6. Francois Villon; 7. Charles of Orleans; 8. Samuel Pepys; 9. John Knox and women.

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NLS9781108074568
9781108074568
1108074561
Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2014-07-17
432
N/A
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