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The letters of Robert Louis StevensonUser Review - Book Verdict
One hundred years after his death, Yale University is publishing 2800 of Stevenson's letters in eight volumes. Volumes 1 and 2 encompass the period between the mid-1850s and the 1870s. His earliest letters are to his parents and friends. In 1873 the fledgling writer met Frances Sitwell, who introduced him to Sidney Colvin, a professor at Cambridge and reputable critic for the Fortnightly Review. It was through the encouragement and guidance of these two that the frail young writer began to find his writing way. The magic of these letters is obvious in Stevenson's lines to Colvin in 1878: "The world is a wild place to set poor souls adrift in. If only our skin was cart cloth and our minds of hasty pudding, we might pull through in spite of all.'' Recommended for academic and large public libraries.-Robert L. Kelly, Fort Wayne Community Schs., Ind.