Archives: Robert Louis Stevenson

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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Capt. Mayne Reid and the beginnings of the modern idea of the American West

January 16, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism, writers, writing.

“Go West!” has been the clarion call for Americans since the days of the early Republic. West across the Alleghenies, west across the Mississippi River, west across Texas and the Great Plains — whatever is west of where we are has represented openness, wonder, opportunity, and adventure. In more modern times, writers like Zane Grey • Read More »

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