Across the Plains, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Allen Press (1950)

Across the Plains is the second of three travel books from Robert Louis Stevenson describing his travel to and across America in 1879-1880. While the first work in this travel memoir trilogy, The Amateur Emigrant, focuses on his journey by ship from Europe to New York City, Across the Plains begins with Stevenson’s arriving in New York City and goes on to describe his train journey, filled with fellow immigrants, from New York … Continue reading Across the Plains, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Allen Press (1950)

The Silverado Squatters, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Arion Press (1996)

Concerning Robert Louis Stevenson‘s The Silverado Squatters I must start with a simple exhortation for you to drop what you are doing and simply read it. This is travel writing done right! Engaging, interesting and thought-provoking, it pulls you into it’s time and place as if you were there. Secondly, this edition from Arion Press is the one to read. With atmospheric photographs from the renowned photographer Michael Kenna sprinkled … Continue reading The Silverado Squatters, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Arion Press (1996)

The Splendid Idle Forties: Stories of Old California, by Gertrude Atherton, Allen Press (1960)

Gertrude Atherton (1857 – 1948) was an American author best known for her novels set in her home state of California. She was a prolific writer of short stories and articles, in addition to her novels. Her best-known works are Black Oxen (1923) and the short story collection titled The Splendid Idle Forties (1902). She also attained critical success in the non-fiction realm with The Conqueror (1902), a biography of Alexander Hamilton. Atherton was often … Continue reading The Splendid Idle Forties: Stories of Old California, by Gertrude Atherton, Allen Press (1960)