A concise account of Stevenson's life - family background, childhood and adolescence in a Calvinist, hard-working household in Scotland, his travels in three continents, and the final years in the South Seas. It examines his relationships with his parents and his nurse, with English and American friends, particularly the family into which he married, and Samoan islanders among whom he died at age 44.
Robert Louis Stevenson: The Travelling Mind is an insightful introduction to the life and work of one of the world's best-loved writers. His childhood experiences and Scottish identity fed his fertile imagination wherever he found himself. His legacy comprises travel writing, essays and poetry, and Dunlop touches on his entire legacy, including his novels, Treasure Island, Kidnapped, The Master of Ballantrae, Strange Case of DrJekyll and Mr Hyde, St Ives and Weir of Hermiston.
There are tidbits on every page - the books that influenced him, his student years, his unusual honeymoon, the fact his wife, who considered herself something of a literary critic, did not really like Treasure Island until it became popular, his creative process, the impact of his health struggles, the social mores of the places where he lived. The historical pictures are of close family and outings, the ships he sailed on, and photographs taken with South Sea island natives.