Title: The Makers of English Fiction Third Edition
Publisher: Books For Libraries Press, Freeport NY
Publication Date: 1971
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Edition: Reprint Edition
Ex-library copy with usual library markings and pocket; library name and "discard" stamped on lower page edges. Corners and spine edges lightly bumped and rubbed, covers lightly rubbed, code number written in pencil on upper corner of front free-endpaper. 316 pages - the binding is tight and the text clean. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 028257
Synopsis: 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.1905 Excerpt: ... XVII ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson, born in Edinburgh, November 13th, 1850. Published "An Inland Voyage," 1878; "Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes," 1879; "Prince Otto," 1885; " The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" 1886; "Kidnapped," 1886; "The Master of Ballantra" 1889; "The Wrecker," 1892; "Catriona," 1893; "The Ebb-Tide," 1894; "Weir of Hermiston," 1896. Died in Samoa, December 3rd, 1894. MONG the writers of later fiction Robert Louis Stevenson occupies a place apart, not only by--the nature of his work, but by virtue of a fascinating and unique personality. It was his supreme fortune to be treated as a classic before his death, a fate that has happened to few, and to scarcely any one whose period of toil was so brief as his. Yet, as a novelist, it can hardly be allowed that he ranks with the greatest. His most popular stories, "Treasure Island," "Kidnapped," and "Catriona," are written with immense vivacity, but no one would think of putting them in the same category with the greatest works of Cervantes or Balzac, of Thackeray or Scott. He himself would have been the first to repudiate such a claim. He is entirely frank in confessing that he does not wield an easy pen. He never thinks of the immense fecundity of invention, and the careless, masterly ease of Scott without despair. He says, in speaking of Scott, " I cannot compete with that--what makes me sick is to think of Scott turning out ' Guy Mannering' in three weeks. What a pull of work! Heavens, what thews and sinews! And here am I, my head spinning with having re-written seven not very difficult pages, and not very good when done." In a darker mood he writes, " I think ' David Balfour' a nice little book, and very artistic, and just the thing to occupy the lei...
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