Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes
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In 1878 Robert Louis Stevenson set out on a walking tour of the Cevennes behind Modestine, the donkey that carried his baggage. The one hundred twenty-mile trip was through difficult country, and Modestine proved to be less than agreeable, too. Although Stevenson's adventure lasted only twelve days, his account suggests a much longer journey, with all sorts of backward glances, detours, and retracing of steps, both on the terrain and in spirit. Stevenson's third book, "Travels with a Donkey" was originally intended as a lighthearted sketch, a companion-piece to his recent "Inland Voyage. "Although he would not be recognized as a major author until the publication of "Treasure Island" and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, " one can see his voice developing. Full of charm and instruction, "Travels with a Donkey" serves as a guide to alternatives to the restless and distracted standard of contemporary travel."

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  • Paperback | 149 pages
  • 132 x 208 x 14mm | 199.58g
  • 10 Jul 1996
  • Northwestern University Press
  • Evanston
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0810160064
  • 9780810160064
  • 890,909

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Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) was a novelist, poet, short-story writer, and essayist. In 1883, while bedridden with tuberculosis, he wrote what would become one of the best known and most beloved collections of children's poetry in the English language, A Child's Garden of Verses. Stevenson is also the author of such classics as Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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