Essays of Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)

“Extreme busyness…is a symptom of deficient vitality; and a faculty for idleness implies a catholic appetite and a strong sense of personal identity.”

What comforting words for the idle among us! Like many of the best essayists, Stevenson is very much the genial fireside companion: opinionated, but never malicious; a marvellous practitioner of the inclusive monologue.

In this collection of nine pieces he discusses the art of appreciating unattractive scenery, traces the complex social life of dogs, and meditates in several essays upon the experience of reading literature and writing it. Perhaps his most personal passages concern death and mortality. Here we meet him at his most undogmatically optimistic, as he affirms a wholesome faith in “the liveableness of Life”. (Summary by Martin Geeson)

Genre(s): Essays & Short Works

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - On the Enjoyment of Unpleasant Places Martin Geeson
Play 02 02 - An Apology for Idlers Martin Geeson
Play 03 03 - Aes Triplex Martin Geeson
Play 04 04 - Talk and Talkers, part one Martin Geeson
Play 05 05 - Talk and Talkers, part two Martin Geeson
Play 06 06 - A Gossip on Romance Martin Geeson
Play 07 07 - The Character of Dogs Martin Geeson
Play 08 08 - A College Magazine Martin Geeson
Play 09 09 - Books Which Have Influenced Me Martin Geeson
Play 10 10 - Pulvis et Umbra Martin Geeson