A Robert Louis Stevenson Companion: A Guide to the Novels, by J R Hammond

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Stevenson castigates the author for his ignorance of Scottish literature. (T28) THE BEACH OF FALESA Short story set in the Pacific islands, relat· ing the experiences of a white trader and his marriage to a native girl. The tale marked a new departure in Stevenson's work and a move towards greater realism in a contemporary setting. (Jsland Nights, Tl3) BEGGARS Character sketches of youthful encounters with seamen and vagabonds in and around Edinburgh. (Plains, T25) BERANGER An appraisal of the life and achievement of Pierre Jean de Beranger, 'the national song-writer of France', an article written for the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

T28) A COLLEGE MAGAZINE An account of Stevenson's literary appren· 36 A Robert Louis Stevenson Companion ticeship and of his early contributions to the Edinburgh University Magazine. ' The paper includes an account of his membership of the Speculative Society. (Memories, T29) COLLEGE PAPERS A series of essays contributed to the Edinburgh University Magazine in 18 71. The titles are: 'Edinburgh Students in 1824', 'The Modern Student Considered Generally', 'Debating Societies', 'lhe Philosophy of Umbrellas' and 'lhe Philosophy of Nomenclature' (c£ 'A College Magazine').

Pictorial art in the West is still following false gods, literary gods ... ' (T28) CANNONMILLS A fragment of a novel set in Edinburgh, apparently intended as a love story. Both this and 'nle Story of a Recluse' are interesting for their insight into Stevenson's youthful outlook. (Tl6) A CHAPTER ON DREAMS An account of the role of dreams and nightmares in stimulating the imagination. The essay includes interesting background on the origin of Dr. jekyll and Mr. Hyde and 'Olalla'. (Plains, T30) A CHARACTER A slight sketch of a stranger encountered on the streets of Edinburgh, one of a series of early fragments.

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