A Book of R. L. S; Works, Travels, Friends, and Commentators

A Book of R. L. S; Works, Travels, Friends, and Commentators

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...whichwas a favourite playground of his in his early teens. The text is a vivid picture of Stevenson's romantically conceived boyhood: the sermon, a variation of the theme of which he never tired, namely, a man's joy of life consisting not in its external circumstances but in the fancies which he weaves. The paper appeared in 'Scribner's Magazine, ' February 1888, and is placed in Across the Plains. LAY MORALS The vigorous declamations against the comfortable view of life of the well-to-do which resound with such vehemence in these chapters represent the rebellious spirit of Stevenson's thought in his early manhood. They were written in 1879 (cet. 29), and though re-drafted and extended four years later were left uncompleted. Of the closeness with which some of these views of youth continued to mark his mental outlook in later years there is a piece of evidence in the remark of his biographer on the likeness of his conversation, when in certain moods, to these early railings against the canons of respectability. The merit commonly attached to material success, as personified by ' Mr. Samuel Budgett, the Successful Merchant, ' always moved Stevenson to anger. This sermon, where it emerges most succinctly into a philosophy of life, shows Stevenson preaching the stupidity of confusing wealth with money and, as a corollary, demanding that the rich shall continually earn their money in service. The idea of money here expressed may be paralleled from a passage in a letter from Mentone to Mrs. Sitwell when he was twenty-three: 'It is an old phrase of mine that money is the atmosphere of civilized life, and I do hate to take the breath out of other people's nostrils. I live here at the rate of more than 3 a week, and I do nothing for it. If I didn't...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236637232
  • 9781236637239