Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes

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Northwestern University Press, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 149 pages
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In 1878 Robert Louis Stevenson set out on a walking tour of the CÚvennes behind Modestine, the donkey that carried his baggage. The one hundred twenty-mile trip was through difficult country, and Modestine proved to be less than agreeable, too. Although Stevenson's adventure lasted only twelve days, his account suggests a much longer journey, with all sorts of backward glances, detours, and retracing of steps, both on the terrain and in spirit.

Stevenson's third book, Travels with a Donkey was originally intended as a lighthearted sketch, a companion-piece to his recent Inland Voyage. Although he would not be recognized as a major author until the publication of Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, one can see his voice developing. Full of charm and instruction, Travels with a Donkey serves as a guide to alternatives to the restless and distracted standard of contemporary travel.
 

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Contents

Introduction i
12
UPPER GEVAUDAN
45
OUR LADY OF THE SNOWS
63
UPPER GE VAUDAN CONTINUED
89
THE COUNTRY OF THE CAMISARDS
99
In the Valley of the Tarn
114
In the Valley of the Mimente
128
The Last Day
141
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Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) was a novelist, poet, short-story writer, and essayist. In 1883, while bedridden with tuberculosis, he wrote what would become one of the best known and most beloved collections of children's poetry in the English language, A Child's Garden of Verses. Stevenson is also the author of such classics as Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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