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Vailima Letters

Vailima Letters

Vailima Letters - Being Correspondence Addressed by Robert Louis Stevenson to Sidney Colvin, November 1890-October 1894So much...
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Author: Stevenson, Robert Louis,1850-1894
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Vailima Letters

Vailima Letters

$2,528.78 $4.65

Vailima Letters

$2,528.78 $4.65
Author: Stevenson, Robert Louis,1850-1894
Format: eBook
Language: English

Vailima Letters - Being Correspondence Addressed by Robert Louis Stevenson to Sidney Colvin, November 1890-October 1894

So much of preface seems necessary to this volume as may justify its publication and explain its origin. The writer was for many years my closest friend. It was in the summer of 1873 that a lady, whose gracious influence has helped to shape and encourage more than one distinguished career, first awakened my interest in him and drew us together. He was at that time a lad of twenty-two, with his powers not yet set nor his way of life determined. But to know him was to recognise at once that here was a young genius of whom great things might be expected. A slender, boyish presence, with a graceful, somewhat fantastic bearing, and a singular power and attraction in the eyes and smile, were the signs that first impressed you; and the impression was quickly confirmed and deepened by the charm of his talk, which was irresistibly sympathetic and inspiring, and not less full of matter than of mirth. I have known no man in whom the poets heart and imagination were combined with such a brilliant strain of humour and such an unsleeping alertness and adroitness of the critical intelligence. But it was only in conversation that he could as yet p. xiido himself justice. His earliest efforts in literature were of a very uneven and tentative quality. The reason partly was that in mode of expression and choice of language, no less than in the formation of opinion and the conduct of life, he was impatient, even to excess, of the conventional, the accepted, and the trite. His perceptions and emotions were acute and vivid in the extreme; his judgments, whether founded on experience, reading, discussion, or caprice (and a surprising amount of all these things had been crowded into his youthful existence) were not less fresh and personal; while to his ardent fancy the world was a theatre glowing with the lights and bustling with the incidents of romance. To find for all he had to say words of vital aptness and animationto communicate as much as possible of what he has somewhere called the incommunicable thrill of thingswas from the first his endeavour in literature, nay more, it was the main passion of his life. The instrument that should serve his purpose could not be forged in haste, still less could it be adopted at second hand or ready-made; and he has himself narrated how long and toilsome was the apprenticeship he served. ......Buy Now (To Read More)

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Ebook Number: 387
Author: Stevenson, Robert Louis
Release Date: Jan 1, 1996
Format: eBook
Language: English

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