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Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes and The Amateur Emigrant

Robert Louis Stevenson - Author

Dr Christopher MacLachlan - Editor/introduction

Dr Christopher MacLachlan - Notes by

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ISBN 9780141439464 | 320 pages | 25 Jan 2005 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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A unique compination of two classics of nineteenth-century travel writing

In 1878 Robert Louis Stevenson escaped from his numerous troubles—poor health, tormented love, inadequate funds—by embarking on a journey through the Cévennes in France, accompanied by Modestine, a rather single-minded donkey. The notebook Stevenson kept during this time became Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes, a highly entertaining account of the French and their country. The Amateur Emigrant describes his travels to and around America: the crowded weeks in steerage, the cross-country train journey. Filled with sharp-eyed observations, it brilliantly conveys Stevenson’s perceptions of America and the Americans. Together, these writings reveal as much about the traveler as the places he travels to.