Robert Louis Stevenson: A Celebration

You may have noticed that I’ve put more than one Robert Louis Stevenson quote on my Facebook author page. That’s because I’ve decided to celebrate particularly inspirational people by sharing week-long blocks of their quotes! This week, we fete Robert Louis Stevenson.

Stevenson was a brilliant writer, admired by many other writers. G. K. Chesterton said that he “seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen.”, Jorge Luis Borges, Bertolt Brecht, Marcel Proust, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry James, Cesare Pavese, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, Vladimir Nabokov, and J. M. Barrie also expressed their respect for his work.

There is much to say about this writing, but The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the work that hits me in my core. It is about the duality of man, who we are all good and evil – and to try and separate them is to come to a horrible end. There is so much to speculate and debate in this work – which is a mark of great literature. It is timeless – another mark. I will not tell you what to think – I merely urge you to read this book, and think for yourselves.

A quote from the book, which describes Dr. Jekyll's desire to separate the good and evil inside himself.

A quote from the book, which describes Dr. Jekyll’s desire to separate the good and evil inside himself.

 

I recently visited an exhibit of paintings by John Singer Sargent, who often painted his friends. One of them was Robert Louis Stevenson. I took these pictures, because I was moved by Sargent’s interpretation of Stevenson (and his wife.) I also enjoyed the descriptions of the paintings.

Robert Louis Stevenson painting

Robert Louis Stevenson painting description

Robert Louis Stevenson and wife painting

Robert Louis Stevenson & wife painting description

Notice Stevenson’s quote at the bottom of this description!

And so, I share insights from this great man. I hope you will be inspired by them, and perhaps delve more into the strange, magnificent life of Robert Louis Stevenson.

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