Myself and the Other Fellow: A Life of Robert Lewis Stevenson

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HarperCollins, Oct 31, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 544 pages
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He thrilled readers the world over with breathtaking tales of pirates (Treasure Island) and monsters (The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde). But the short life of writer Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94) was as adventurous as almost anything in his fiction. He was both engineer and aesthete, Covenanter and atheist, dutiful son and reckless lover. His travels, illnesses, creative struggles, volatile relationships, and titanic quarrels were the stuff of legend.

Until now, no biography has done justice to the complex, brilliant, and troubled man who was responsible for so many remarkable literary creations, the least "Victorian" of Victorian writers. Claire Harman's Myself & the Other Fellow is a fascinating portrait of a man of humor, resilience, and strongly unconventional views, the most authoritative, comprehensive, and perceptive biography of Robert Louis Stevenson to date.

  

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In striking and at times excessive detail, Harman (Sylvia Townsend Warner: A Biography ) traces the pampered, sickly life of British writer Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94). Weighing a mere 116 pounds ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review

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The Careless Infidel
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AhWelless
97
Stennis Frere
125
The Amateur Emigrant
160
The Professional Sickist
196
Uxorious Billy
230
The Dreamer
293
Below Zero
325
Ona
354
Tusi Tala
392
The Tame Celebrity
426
postscripts
459
select bibliography
483
Copyright

A Weevil in a Biscuit
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About the author (2006)

Claire Harman's first book, a biography of the writer Sylvia Townsend Warner, won the prestigious John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in England, and her second, Fanny Burney: A Biography, was shortlisted for England's Whitbread Award. She has published acclaimed editions of Robert Louis Stevenson's essays, poems, and short stories. Harman teaches at Columbia University's School of the Arts. She lives in New York City and in Oxford, England.

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