‘Essays of Travel’ represents years of travel writing unpublished by Stevenson in is lifetime, and offer and incredible insight in to his globe-trotting adventures. From sultry walks in Suffolk to the rolling snows of Carrick to the tall mountain towns of France it is an all-encompassing collection. The collection includes wonderful anecdotes from Stevenson’s life, including the training in his youth to be a lighthouse engineer, and the inhospitable griminess that comes with it. This collection is perfect for lovers of classic travel writing, or people keen to know just how hard it was to be a Victorian lighthouse engineer.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), was an author with a formidable legacy. You will be hard pressed to find anyone alive today who has not come across his work in one form or another. The brilliant mind behind ‘Treasure Island’ and the ‘Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’, has had a profound impact on every aspect of entertainment to this day with his brilliant creations. Despite dealing with ill health all his life he was a prolific traveller, spending his later years in Samoa where he fought vigorously for the rights of the natives, earning their love and respect. R.L Stevenson was a character in his own right, passionate and adventurous, his spirit shines through in his work, from his novels to his travel guides. You simply owe it to yourself to experience his creations, he was a true titan of literature on whose shoulders we all stand.