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Thus I Lived with Words Muse Books The Iowa Series in Creativity and Writing Robert D. Richardson Series Editor Thus I Lived with ​ Words Robert Louis Stevenson and the Writer’s Craft Annette R. Federico University of Iowa Press, Iowa City University of Iowa Press, Iowa City 52242 Copyright © 2017 by the University of Iowa Press Printed in the United States of America Design by Richard Hendel No part of this book may be reproduced or used in any form or by any means without permission in writing from the publisher. All reasonable steps have been taken to contact copyright holders of material used in this book. The publisher would be pleased to make suitable arrangements with any whom it has not been possible to reach. The University of Iowa Press is a member of Green Press Initiative and is committed to preserving natural resources. Printed on acid-­ free paper Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Federico, Annette, R. 1960– author. Title: Thus I lived with words : Robert Louis Stevenson and the writer’s craft / Annette R. Federico. Other titles: Robert Louis Stevenson and the writer’s craft Description: Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, 2017. | Series: Muse books | Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2017005966 | ISBN 9781609385187 (pbk) | ISBN 9781609385194 (ebk) Subjects: LCSH: Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850–1894—Criticism and interpretation. | Authorship. | Style, Literary. | Values in literature. | Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850–1894. | Authors, Scottish—19th Century— Biography. | BISAC: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Composition & Creative Writing. | BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary. Classification: LCC PR5496 .F43 2017 | DDC 828.809 [B]—dc23 LC record available at Joseph N. Federico 1921–2017 While all the little brown birds sing upon the spray —RLS Dear reader, I deceive you with husks, the real works and all the pleasure are still mine and incommunicable. — Robert Louis Stevenson to W. E. Henley, March 13, 1884 ...


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