Myself and the Other Fellow by Claire Harman
A Life of Robert Lewis Stevenson

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He thrilled readers the world over with breathtaking tales of pirates (Treasure Island) and monsters (The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde). But the short life of writer Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94) was as adventurous as almost anything in his fiction. He was both engineer and aesthete, Covenanter and atheist, dutiful son and reckless lover. His travels, illnesses, creative struggles, volatile relationships, and titanic quarrels were the stuff of legend.

Until now, no biography has done justice to the complex, brilliant, and troubled man who was responsible for so many remarkable literary creations, the least "Victorian" of Victorian writers. Claire Harman's Myself & the Other Fellow is a fascinating portrait of a man of humor, resilience, and strongly unconventional views, the most authoritative, comprehensive, and perceptive biography of Robert Louis Stevenson to date.

 

About Claire Harman

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Claire Harman's first book, a biography of the writer Sylvia Townsend Warner, won the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys prize in 1990, and her second, Fanny Burney: A Biography was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award. Since 2003 she has been teaching a course in biography at Columbia University and lives in New York City and Oxford.
 
Published October 31, 2006 by Harper Perennial. 544 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Robert Louis Stevenson, the subject of new biography by Claire Harman, lived a nomadic life before settling in Samoa at the age of 39.

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