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Travels With A Donkey In The Cevennes

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Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes (1879) is one of Robert Louis Stevenson's earliest published works and is considered a pioneering classic of outdoor literature.

Stevenson was in his late 20s and still dependent on his parents for support. His journey was designed to provide material for publication while allowing him to distance himself from a love affair with an American woman of which his friends and families did not approve and who had returned to her husband in California.

Travels recounts Stevenson's 12-day, 200 kilometres (120 mi) solo hiking journey through the sparsely populated and impoverished areas of the Cevennes mountains in south-central France in 1878.[1] The terrain, with its barren rocky heather-filled hillsides, he often compared to parts of Scotland. The other principal character is Modestine, a stubborn, manipulative donkey he could never quite master. It is one of the earliest accounts to present hiking and camping outdoors as a recreational activity.

It also tells of commissioning one of the first sleeping bags, large and heavy enough to require a donkey to carry. Stevenson is several times mistaken for a peddler, the usual occupation of someone traveling in his fashion. Some locals are horrified that he would sleep outdoors and suggest it is dangerous to do so because of wolves or robbers. Stevenson provides the reader with the philosophy behind his undertaking.

In John Steinbeck's novel The Pastures of Heaven, one character regards Stevenson's Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes as one of the greatest works of English literature and names his son Robert Louis. Steinbeck and his wife Elaine were inspired by Stevenson in choosing the title Travels With Charley.



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The Traveler

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As David meditates, he has some unusual experiences. At one point, he is invited to visit an alternate dimension. As a traveler in this dimension, David's awareness of himself grows.
He sees his own life experiences from a different perspective. Curiosity, perseverance, courage, and barriers are understood in a new light. He is exposed to many teaching opportunities, including the energy of romance.
We also visit David at a later time in his life. His damaged heart is ready to shut down when he chooses a new adventure. He is challenged to try a new life-style that confronts him to share what he has learned with an appreciative audience and a wonderfully compatable female partner.


A Traveler From Altruria

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Known as "The Dean of American Letters", William Dean Howells (1837-1920) was a realist author and literary critic best known for his tenure as one of the most influential editors of the Atlantic Monthly, which is still an important publication today.And though Howells is known mostly for his work as a literary critic, he was also a novelist who wrote works likeThe Rise of Silas Lapham, Christmas Every Day, and much more.Along the way, he was a literary critic of the works of some of his greatest contemporaries, like Emile Zola, and he knew many American writers, including Mark Twain, Henry James, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.



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