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The Life of Robert Louis Stevenson for Boys and Girls

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Published: 1933
Language: English
Wordcount: 31,101 / 95 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 63.9
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 272
Added to site: 2005.10.04
mnybks.net#: 11200
Genres: Biography, Post-1930
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d "through the windows of this book" gives us a vivid and living picture of the boy who dwelt so much in a world of his own with his quaint thoughts.

If his body was frail his spirit was strong and his power of imagination so great that he cheered himself through many a weary day by playing he was "captain of a tidy little ship," a soldier, a fierce pirate, an Indian chief, or an explorer in foreign lands. Miles he travelled in his little bed.

"I have just to shut my eyes, To go sailing through the skies-- To go sailing far away To the pleasant Land of Play"

he says.

[Illustration: No. 8 Howard Place, Edinburgh, Stevenson's birthplace]

In spite of his power for amusing himself, days like these would have gone far harder had it not been for two devoted people, his mother and his nurse, Alison Cunningham or "Cummie" as he called her. His mother was devoted to him in every way and encouraged his love for reading and story-making. She kept a diary of his progress from day to day, and treasur

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