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  • Published: 3 July 2014
  • ISBN: 9781780576879
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

The Cevennes Journal

Notes on a Journey Through the French Highlands


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A unique, illustrated travelogue charting Robert Louis Stevenson's journey through the Cevennes region of France.

'For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.' - RLS

In September 1878, Robert Louis Stevenson travelled by donkey through the Cevennes region of France. For personal memory - and, as it happens, for literary posterity - the young Stevenson recorded copious notes on his journey as he travelled. Some of these witty and incisive impressions were subsequently published in Travels With A Donkey. The remainder, however, didn't find its way into print until the first publication of The Cevennes Journal in 1978, one hundred years later. This travelogue, which also includes several of Stevenson's previously unpublished sketches of the region, provides both a unique socio-historical document and an important piece of literature.

  • Pub date: 3 July 2014
  • ISBN: 9781780576879
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

About the Author

Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850. The son of a prosperous civil engineer, he was expected to follow the family profession but was finally allowed to study law at Edinburgh University. Stevenson reacted forcibly against the Presbyterianism of both his city's professional classes and his devout parents, but the influence of Calvinism on his childhood informed the fascination with evil that is so powerfully explored in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Stevenson suffered from a severe respiratory disease from his twenties onwards, leading him to settle in the gentle climate of Samoa with his American wife, Fanny Osbourne.

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