Philip Callow's splendidly readable biography of Robert Louis Stevenson recounts the life of Scotland's finest writer of English prose and the author of such classics as Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. A sickly child, Louis became in turn a bohemian dandy, a literary gypsy traipsing through the mountains of France with a donkey, and at twenty-eight the lover of an American woman ten years his senior, the fabulous Fanny. "His feelings are always his reasons," said Henry James, and caught in a sentence the secret of Stevenson's popularity as one of the last of the classic storytellers. "Stevenson was destined to be a modern man."-James Campbell, New York Times Book Review. Illustrated.
Philip Callow's biographies of D. H. Lawrence, Son and Lover and Body of Truth, were widely praised. Mr. Callow, himself a novelist, poet, and biographer, has also written lives of Chekhov, Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Walt Whitman, all published to critical acclaim. Mr. Callow lives and writes in England.
Elegant and insightful. The London Times Louis reads at times like an adventure story Stevenson himself might have put to paper. -- Nava Hall Foreword Reviews A scholarly new biography of the remarkable Scotsman. -- Brian Doyle, author of Spirited Men and Epiphanies & Elegies Atlantic Monthly A fine job... -- Laura E. Ciolykowski The New York Times