Tag: Robert Louis Stevenson

'Through the Magic Door' - Conan Doyle on 'two excellences,' short stories and long books

'Through the Magic Door' - Conan Doyle on 'two excellences,' short stories and long books
Among the sections I love in “Through the Magic Door” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is Chapter VI, the section on short stories. It begins: “Which are the great short stories of the English language? Not a bad basis for a debate! This I am sure of: that there are far fewer supremely good short... Read more »

Catching up with the classics - or 'the return of Louis'

Catching up with the classics - or 'the return of Louis'
I kept seeing wonderful theater reviews of “Treasure Island” this winter and reading that the production was very faithful to the original story. When I realized that the original story was written by my old friend Robert Louis Stevenson, I thought “OK, Louis, I’ll read it!” Actually, I read two Stevenson stories in one volume — “Kidnapped” was... Read more »

A package from RLS

A package from RLS
Last weekend, I opened my mailbox and found a small, padded envelope with a return address here in Chicago that I didn’t recognize. But I did recognize the initials above that address. I laughed over it in the elevator with a neighbor. “RLS?” I said. “The only person I know with those initials is Robert... Read more »
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When Margaret met Louis: In (and on) imagination

When Margaret met Louis: In (and on) imagination
I heard his voice on the night of the blizzard. That evening, I had stepped off a bus which was stuck in the snow. I fell first on one knee, then off the other and back to the first knee and the same side’s elbow. I stumbled home and went straight to bed, knees aching,... Read more »

I would like to meet Robert Louis Stevenson, teller of tales

I would like to meet Robert Louis Stevenson, teller of tales
The theme for This Blogger Life this week is “who I would like to meet.” That it’s an author doesn’t take much deciding. (I’ll be reading my fellow bloggers’ writing to see how many agree with me there.) The trick is deciding which author. Dedicated readers might logically think that I’d choose Sir Arthur Conan... Read more »