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Overcoming debt and grief, Sir Walter Scott wrote – and wrote some more

May 27, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism, writers.

Despite fame and great fortune, Walter Scott found himself in 1826 at a low point in his life. The year before, a banking crisis had plunged the nation into a depression, and Scott went from being a man rich with assets to a man with 130,000 pounds of debt (the equivalent of 10 million pounds • Read More »

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Robert Louis Stevenson and the birth of Treasure Island

May 18, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

  Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson’s great novel for young readers, sprang from a single sheet drawing he made while spending an afternoon with his stepson Lloyd in the summer of 1881. They were living in Scotland at the time, and a summer rain had confined Lloyd to the house. He spent that time in • Read More »

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