Weir of Hermiston

Weir of Hermiston

by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) may have traveled more than the characters in some of his critically acclaimed and world renowned novels. Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, and traveling writer who wrote classics like Kidnapped and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Stevenson was so accomplished that he was a celebrity during his lifetime, and he left an influence on great writers who followed him, including Hemingway and Kipling. At the same time, his works are easy enough to read that they can be taught in classrooms across the world to teenagers. One of his most popular books was Treasure Island, which all but created every stereotype now associated with pirates.
Weir of Hermiston was the last work Stevenson was writing when he suffered his untimely death. In fact, the book ends right in the middle of a sentence, leading some to speculate that he was actually dictating the book immediately before his death.

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BN ID: 2940000737811
Publisher: B&R Samizdat Express
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 295 KB

About the Author

Robert Louis Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist and travel writer, most noted for Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and A Child's Garden of Verses. Born and educated in Edinburgh, Stevenson suffered from serious bronchial trouble for much of his life, but continued to write prolifically and travel widely, in defiance of his poor health. As a young man, he mixed in London literary circles, receiving encouragement from Andrew Lang, Edmund Gosse, Leslie Stephen and W. E. Henley, the last of whom may have provided the model for Long John Silver in Treasure Island. Stevenson spent several years in search of a location suited to his health, before finally settling in Samoa, where he died. (Wikipedia)

Date of Birth:

November 13, 1850

Date of Death:

December 3, 1894

Place of Birth:

Edinburgh, Scotland

Place of Death:

Vailima, Samoa


Edinburgh University, 1875

Table of Contents

NOTE ON THE TEXT xxxvii(2)
NOTES 117(12)

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By either account, it is a blessing that this novel remains unfinished. The two people who shared Stevenson¿s confidences, reveal endings that could have seriously degraded his effort. The ¿Weir of Hermiston¿ carries us to the point where whatever ¿inevitable mechanics¿ were about to bring the story into conformity with one genre or another. Then Stevenson died, suddenly, in Samoa. The first part of a tragedy is always the best and least punishing.The father and son who anchor the novel receive narrative sympathy and criticism in a pleasantly unresolved mixture. Even a number of the minor characters are thrown into varying lights as they are sketched into the happenings. This keeps things fresh and interesting. The reader is not allowed to get comfortable with his judgments or confident in his interpretations. Critics emphasize that this has to do with Stevenson¿s contention that the Scotch character is divided¿a theme he made most famous with ¿Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.¿His language also vacillates between two poles; one is the exquisitely crafted, psychologically aware 19th century prose that Stevenson had been refining throughout his career: ¿Clem and Gib, who were men exactly virtuous, swallowed the dose of Dand¿s irregularities as a kind of clog or drawback in the mysterious providence God affixed to bards;¿ ¿Her view of history was wholly artless, a design in snow and ink; upon the one side, tender innocents with psalms upon their lips; upon the other, the persecutors, booted, bloody-minded, flushed with wine.¿The other pole is Scots dialect (make sure your edition includes a glossary or explanatory footnotes): ¿Ye daft auld wife! A bonny figure I would be, palmering about in bauchles!¿ ¿You and your noansense! What do I want with a Christian faim¿ly? I want Christian broth! Get me a lass that can plain-boil a potato, if she was a whure off the streets.¿It is only moments of deep human connection and drama that prompt the rare combination of these opposite modes of communication. I do not intend to reveal the details of the story (betrayal, love, rivalry etc)¿it is finely wrought and believable, little more than one hundred pages. Absolutely worth an afternoon of reading.