Under the Wide and Starry SkyBook - 2013
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martha_w Dec 02, 2014
This is a beautifully-written fictionalized account of the marriage of Robert Louis Stevenson and his American wife Fanny. Knowing nothing about their lives prior to reading this, I found the entire thing helpfully thorough, although by the end of the novel the reader might wish the author had be... Read More »
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R.L.S.: "Obviously, I am not afraid to write about cruelty or violence. But for a writer to feed the reader great dank heaps of ugliness in the name of realism is dispiriting. ... Writers should find out where joy resides and give it a voice. Every bright word or picture is a piece of pleasure set afloat. The reader catches it, and he goes on his way rejoicing. It's the business of art of send him that way as often as possible. I have to believe that every heart that has beat strongly and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in this world. If I cannot believe that, then why should I go on? Why should anyone go on?"
It had been a joke among them that Henley had the tact of a pachyderm. “I reserve the right to insult my friends,” Henley used to say when they confronted him.
“She came by the hotel a week ago. She is almost stone deaf and poor as a church mouse. He left her with nothing when he disappeared.”
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