In Stevenson's tale of father - son confrontation, the father, Adam Weir, is modelled on Lord Braxfield, the eighteenth-century 'hanging judge'. Weir, a 'risen man' who has married a wealthy but weak woman, is both feared and respected, not least by his own son, Archie. At a public hanging, Archie speaks out against capital punishment, knowing that it was his own father who sentenced the man. He is banished to their estate at Hermiston outside Edinburgh, where he meets and falls in love with Christina Elliot, the daughter of the local laird. She is his social inferior, however, and Archie is afraid to tell his father of their attachment. But then Frank Innes arrives on the scene, a friend who sparks off events which will lead to Archie's death. But the novel is unfinished. Stevenson was working on Weir the day he died. How would he have finished the plot? There is no definite answer, but previously unpublished material does throw new light on this tale of Scottish 'public and domestic' history.
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Under the general editorship of Catherine Kerrigan, the handsome new Centenary edition, inaugurated by the two volumes under review, seeks for the first time systematically to dislodge Colvin and re-build the monument. Under the general editorship of Catherine Kerrigan, the handsome new Centenary edition, inaugurated by the two volumes under review, seeks for the first time systematically to dislodge Colvin and re-build the monument.About the Author:
Robert Louis Stevenson (eigentlich Robert Levis Balfour Stevenson) wurde am 13.11.1850 in Edinburgh geboren. Der Vater war Leuchtturmbaumeister, das wollte auch der Sohn werden. Er hatte jedoch ein Lungenleiden und studierte daher Jura von 1871-1875. Er arbeitete jedoch nicht als Rechtsanwalt sondern wurde freier Schriftsteller, vergeblich ein Klima suchend, das sein Lungenleiden heilte. Seit 1888 lebte er auf Samoa, wo er bei den Eingeborenen in hohem Ansehen stand. Er starb am 03.12.1894 im Haus Vailima bei Apia (Westsamoa).
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. This is Stevenson's last novel. In it he takes up his continuing preoccupation with human duality and the drama of filial disobedience. He portrays the rivalry between Lord Hermiston, a sardonic and formidable Edinburgh "hanging judge", and his son Archie, who is banished to their country estate. New paperback copy, ready for immediate despatch. Bookseller Inventory # 016310
Book Description U.S.A.: Penguin Classics, 1997. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. 6572 Language: eng Language: eng. Bookseller Inventory # BU-44
Book Description Penguin Classics, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140435603