Free Read [Children's Book] ñ Myself and the Other Fellow: A Life of Robert Louis Stevenson - by Claire Harman ✓

By Claire Harman | Comments: ( 154 ) | Date: ( Sep 19, 2019 )

The short life of Robert Louis Stevenson 1850 94 was as adventurous as almost anything in his fiction his travels, illness, struggles to become a writer, relationships with his volatile wife and step family, friendships, and quarrels have fascinated readers for than a century He was both engineer and aesthete, dutiful son and reckless lover, Scotsman and South SeaThe short life of Robert Louis Stevenson 1850 94 was as adventurous as almost anything in his fiction his travels, illness, struggles to become a writer, relationships with his volatile wife and step family, friendships, and quarrels have fascinated readers for than a century He was both engineer and aesthete, dutiful son and reckless lover, Scotsman and South Sea Islander, Covenanter and atheist Stevenson s books, including Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and Kidnapped, have achieved world fame others The Master of Ballantrae, A Child s Garden of Verses, Travels with a Donkey remain all time favorites His unique gift for storytelling and dramatic characterization live in the consciousness even of those who have never read his work Long John Silver, with his wooden leg and his parrot, is real to most people than any historical pirate, while Jekyll and Hyde has become a universally recognized term for a split personality.No biography has yet done justice to the complex, brilliant, and troubled man who was responsible for so many remarkable creations His interest in psychology, genetics, technology, and feminism anticipated the concerns of the next century, while his experiments in narrative technique inspired postmodern innovators such as Borges and Nabokov Stevenson s recently collected correspondence shows him to have been the least Victorian of Victorian writers he was a man of humour, resilience, and strongly uncoventional views With access to this and much previously unpublishedmaterial, distinguished biographer Claire Harman has written the most authoritative, comprehensive, and perceptive portrait of Stevenson to date.


  • Title: Myself and the Other Fellow: A Life of Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Author: Claire Harman
  • ISBN: 9780066209845
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Claire Harman

Claire Harman began her career in publishing, at Carcanet Press and the poetry magazine PN Review, where she was co ordinating editor.Her first book, a biography of the writer Sylvia Townsend Warner, was published in 1989 and won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for a writer of growing stature under the age of 35 She has since published biographies of Fanny Burney and Robert Louis Stevenson and edited works by Stevenson and Warner She writes short stories for radio and publication and was runner up for the V.S.Pritchett prize for short fiction in 2008 Her latest book is a mixture of biography and criticism, Jane s Fame How Jane Austen Conquered the World.Claire has taught English at the Universities of Manchester and Oxford and creative writing at Columbia University in New York City She has appeared on radio and television and writes regularly for the literary press on both sides of the Atlantic, reviewing books, films, plays and exhibitions.She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2006.



Comments Myself and the Other Fellow: A Life of Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Kevin Dunion

    Claire Harman does a fine job in marshalling the sources and literature. She shows how Stevenson influenced Borges, Nabakov, Henry James and Conrad ( noting that Stevenson 'The Ebb - Tide' contains the line " the horror! the horror -the sea!" which was subsequently more than echoed by Conrad in 'The Heart of Darkness'.)She maintains a largely professional distance from her subject and related characters. If anything she manifests impatience , irritation and disdain for many of them, especially S [...]


  • Vincent O'Neil

    The first few chapters of this book were hard to slog through. I almost gave up. But I kept after it because Stevenson is a favorite author.Harman seems like she is trying to write on the same level as a classical master, and to my mind, she fails. Some might say she is too "uppity."It would greatly help, I imagine, if the reader were from Scotland or England. Us Yanks don't stand much of a chance.To read this book, it is best for you to have read all the books, poems, plays and writings of Stev [...]


  • Becky Loader

    After reading a fiction book on RLS and Fanny, I had to read a biography. These two people led amazing lives, and the fact that they became a couple is nothing less than fantastic. I especially enjoyed the tie-in of what RLS was writing at the time the events being described were occurring. I had to re-read "Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde" and "Treasure Island." He would write until his hand cramped, and then he had to use an amanuensis. He attributed many ideas to his dreams and the "Brownies" who made [...]


  • Marianne

    i liked it! I skimmed through some of it since I had already read, "Under the Wide and Starry Sky", and "Fanny Osbourne, her biography" I knew alot about the Stevensons. The more I learned about RLS, the more fascinating his life became to me - and inspired me to read more.


  • Geoff Lynas

    This book is not for the faint-hearted. It is a tough read. The authors treatment is academic and the book is packed with information and many, many quotes. Once I got into the swing of it though, I was swept along. By the time I reached " by 8pm he was dead " (sic) I felt almost bereaved. What a life. Quite the inspiration.


  • Mizloo

    "UNDER the wide and starry sky Dig the grave and let me lie: Glad did I live and gladly die, And I laid me down with a will. This be the verse you 'grave for me: Here he lies where he long'd to be; Home is the sailor, home from the sea, And the hunter home from the hill."The famous epigraph has recently been co-opted as the title of a "novelization" of his life. Read this bio instead! It's a wonderful story well told, and does justice to both "Louis" and his stalwart, earthy, amazing wife Fan [...]


  • Tom Norton

    One of the few biographies I've ever read which I knew nothing of the subject, and had only a minimal familiarity with their work [yeah, shame on me]. My impetus for reading was that RLS and my daughter share both a name and a bloodline. As a result, this read more like a novel than a biography. Excellent characters in RLS - the flighty, sickly son of wealth and privilege who showed little early promise to become a world-famous author; His really-kinda-crazy wife, Fanny; Various British literati [...]


  • Louise

    This is an exhaustive work. I give it 4 stars because it is an accomplishment for the writer, but for the reader it is a major commitment. She has sifted through a lot of info and put it in good order.The quotes, passages and ideas Harman unearths from her research of his letters and the reports of others show RLS to be a modern thinker with keen powers of observation. He seems very unfazed by the Victorian mores of the times.I was most interested in the Pacific Islands part. From the early life [...]


  • Brenda

    Anyone that has read any of Stevenson's books should read this to better understand the writer. This was a great book about his life, struggles, marriage and his illness. Life certainly not kind to him but he persevered and followed his heart's desire which was writing. I was very touched by his life story as I have read some of his books and never realized all that he went through. I love biographies so I enjoyed reading about this author's life.


  • Maryellen Walter

    I persisted in reading this book but to me there were too many excerpts from his writings thrown in among the interesting parts of his life. Also had trouble understanding some of the words the author used (perhaps Scottish?). Anyway I finished it but it was a chore.


  • Gobasso

    Using the premise that R.L. Stevenson spent his life between a rich inner life that didn't always match up to the real world, Harman tells the story of this beloved author. Very influential in his time and now relegated to children's author status Stevenson is a Victorian worth finding out about.


  • Tom

    Bio: R L Stevenson


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