This is a unique compination of two classics
of nineteenth-century travel writing.
In 1878 Robert Louis Stevenson escaped from
his numerous troubles—poor health, tormented
love, inadequate funds—by embarking
on a journey through the Cévennes in
France, accompanied by Modestine, a rather
single-minded donkey. The notebook Stevenson
kept during this time became Travels
with a Donkey in the Cévennes,
a highly entertaining account of the French
and their country.
The Amateur Emigrant describes
his travels to and around America: the crowded
weeks in steerage, the cross-country train
journey. Filled with sharp-eyed observations,
it brilliantly conveys Stevenson’s perceptions
of America and the Americans. Together, these
writings reveal as much about the traveller
as the places he travels to.