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The Man and His Work

By Stevenson, Robert Louis

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Title: The Man and His Work  
Author: Stevenson, Robert Louis
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Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Children's literature, Children's fiction
Collections: Children's Literature Collection
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Publisher: World Public Library Association

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Stevenson, R. L. (n.d.). The Man and His Work. Retrieved from http://hawaiilibrary.net/


Excerpt
Excerpt: Were Genius proved not to exist, we would fain invent it, if only to account for the unaccountable graces and capricious defects of the author of Prince Otto. In an age which had the usage and the right of conferring literary titles, he would surely have passed as the Ingenious Mr. Stevenson, and deeply as he is tinctured with the fin du sickle, I somehow cannot but picture him among those Oxford Academics of the seventeenth century, literati, humanists, and omni-scientists, who crystallized into the Royal Society. Most of them had as little affinity as he to the modern scientific mind; intellectual aristocrats, they preserved the dignity of a stately dilettantism in their most trivial as in their gravest speculations, whether measuring the orbs of space, or hunting Echo in back gardens, or projecting the Cyclopean cesspool at New College, so vast that it should never need emptying till the end of time. How thirsty their curiosity, how exigent their demands at the Oracle of Nature, how versatile their lucubration! Yet had they little of the utilitarian philanthropy of their grandsons. Nay, not even for its own sake did they pursue knowledge, but rather as a mental luxury, a noble diversion and exercise for the mind of the gentleman scholar and philosopher, such as were tennis, bowls, and the high horse for his body. It needed a soul as coarse as Swift's to flout their complacent toils, for if by the way these Olympians divagate into triviality, extravagance, and paradox, they are never ridiculous; their very absurdities we welcome as gracious condescension, for each wayward, futile, pompous page is glorified by a nimbus of exquisite amenity and impregnable self-respect.

Table of Contents
Table of Contents: PAGE -- THE GENIUS OF ROBERT Louis STEVENSON n -- BY Y. Y -- ROBERT Louis STEVENSON -- A REMINISCENCE 16 -- BY CHARLES LOWE -- BOOKS WHICH INFLUENCED ME, 20 -- BY ROBERT Louis STEVENSON -- STEVENSON'S Two MOTHERS 26 -- BY EVE BLANTYRE SIMPSON -- R. L. S. -- AN EARLY PORTRAIT, 32 -- BY EDMUND GOSSE -- THE APPRENTICESHIP OF ROBERT Louis STEVENSON 67 -- BY S. R. CROCKETT -- WRITTEN IN A COPY OF MR. STEVENSON'S -- CATRIONA -- 73 -- BY WILLIAM WATSON -- THE FIRST MEETING BETWEEN MEREDITH AND STEVENSON -- --- 74 -- BY ALICE GORDON.

 

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