The Travelling Mind is a concise and insightful account of the life of
Robert Louis Stevenson, one of the world’s best-loved writers, from
his childhood in Edinburgh to his final years in the South Seas.
Robert Louis Stevenson’s evolving prose style is discussed, with particular reference to Treasure Island, Kidnapped, The Master of Ballantrae, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, St Ives and Weir of Hermiston.
‘He’s been back in vogue for years, but there’s still a sense of special pleading; it seems we still have to remind ourselves how wonderful a writer Stevenson was. Dunlop’s new biography does the honours with appealing brevity and elegance.’ Scotsman
Eileen Dunlop is the author of over 20 novels and non-fiction titles for children, and of Queen Margaret of Scotland published by NMSE in 2005.
Robert Burns and the Hellish Legion
Tam tint his reason a’thegither,
And roars out, ‘Weel, done, Cutty-sark!’
And in an instant all was dark!
And scarcely had he Maggie rallied
When out the hellish legion sallied.
from Tam o’ Shanter
Devils, witches and evil – this book examines beliefs in these in Burns’s time.
In contrast with the insubstantial but terrifying world of the supernatural the book also looks at the lives of country people and the nature of the material world in which they lived.
‘Tam o’ Shanter’ brings all of this together and the book ends with a discussion
of the poem.
John Burnett was Principal Curator of Modern Scotland, National Museums Scotland
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