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1. The Dynamiter
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2. The Cruise of the Janet Nichol
$15.75
3. The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis
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4. Treasure Islands: Sailing the
 
5. Robt Louis Stevenson in Ca (The

1. The Dynamiter
by 1850-1894Stevenson, Fanny Van de Grift, 1840-1914 Stevenson Robert Louis
 Hardcover: Pages (1900)

Asin: B0013G3Y2Q
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2. The Cruise of the Janet Nichol Among the South Sea Islands: A Diary by Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson
by Fanny Van de Grift Stevenson, Roslyn Jolly
Hardcover: 208 Pages (2004-02)
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Asin: 0295983701
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In April 1890 the steamer Janet Nichol set off from Sydney for a three month trading voyage through the central and western Pacific. Aboard were seven European men, a crew of forty islanders, and one woman: a short-haired, barefoot, cigarette-smoking American, Fanny Van de Grift Stevenson, wife of Robert Louis Stevenson. The Cruise of the Janet Nichol is Fanny’s account of her journey with her husband and grown son through what are today the Cook Islands, Tuvalu, Kiribati, and the Marshall Islands.

Fanny Stevenson’s spirited personality led her into scenes and situations few Europeans, and even fewer European women, had experienced. Her diary and its photographs offer unique glimpses of life in some of the last independent Pacific kingdoms and those just coming under colonial rule at the end of the nineteenth century. This extraordinary travel book is the story of an unconventional woman, her unusual marriage, and her adventurous journey through a rapidly changing Pacific world.

"I can see her now—a small woman in a blue dress, sitting barefoot on the roof of the after-cabin of a trading schooner in the South Seas. Her Panama hat, set at a rakish angle, shades a face of breath-taking beauty. She is holding a large silvered revolver in each hand, shooting sharks with deadly accuracy as they are caught and hauled to the taffrail by excited sailors."—Austin Strong on Fanny Stevenson, "The Most Unforgettable Character I’ve Met" ... Read more


3. The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson
by Nellie Van De Grift Sanchez, Ysabel Sanchez Matney
Paperback: 337 Pages (2001-07)
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Asin: 1885852177
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The life of Fanny Van de Grift Stevenson, wife of famed author Robert Louis Stevenson, with a new introduction by Ysabel Sanchez Matney. ... Read more


4. Treasure Islands: Sailing the South Seas in the Wake of Fanny and Robert Louis Stevenson
by Pamela Stephenson
Paperback: 384 Pages (2007-10-28)
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Asin: 0755312864
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Aboard a 112-foot clipper, the author follows in the intrepid footsteps of Fanny Stevenson, maverick wife of Robert Louis Stevenson, and quickly finds that the two have much in common: a fascination with the South Seas, a thirst for adventure, great humor in the face of adversity, and unpredictable husbands. Complete with pirates, storms, and seasickness, this witty account is a history lesson, travel journal, and humorous story.
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Customer Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Better than you might think - much better
I came across this book when researching Robert Louis and I admit that at first, I was a little concerned at what it might contain - a frivolous search led by a curious rich girl with too much money, perhaps? Still, I thought, a search for Fanny and Louis can't be all THAT frivolous. And it was not.

This is a well-written book that does not smack of over-editing; it seems to be the author's true voice coming through on all occasions, and she is worth listening to. Not only does she have a knack for happy and often original metaphor, but her sometimes gaudy descriptions of her exotic destinations almost always come off as well, and that adds spice to a competent text. All in all, it's very well done.

What about the motives for the trip and how the author deals with the journey itself? Well, it seems obvious that only the very well-heeled could have undertaken such a voyage in the first place, and yet how many of the world's very rich (and the author would probably complain that she is not in that class anyway, though she must be close) ever get their boats out of harbour? So first up, I am impressed that a wealthy woman would get up the nerve to take on something like this and then also see it through. Of course, having plenty of cash helps, but no amount of the green stuff could ever prepare one for a) a sail across the Pacific and b) a lengthy visit to numerous small coral atolls and islands along the way. There is no doubt that it was an arduous journey and at the same time, we can see that it must have been equally arduous for the Stevensons more than 100 years earlier. The book contains a running commentary, usually from Fanny, about the places visited as the modern adventuress, if there is such a thing anymore, traces a very similar route.

I was fascinated by the endless visits to very remote islands, for where Fanny and Louis went, Pamela had to go to. None of it was easy and some of it was downright dangerous and let's face it: very few people will ever have the chance to visit just one or two of these islands, let alone the incredible number this trip managed to tally up. So Pamela Stephenson has done a lot more than write a good book; she has taken us along with her and given us some very intimate detail about a part of the world that, dream as one might, it is unlikely we shall ever see for ourselves.

Thoroughly worth reading, with very little negative to say about it at all, although some readers might want to be careful of the no doubt Billy Connolly-inspired inclusion of various conjugations of one of his favourite four-letter words!

1-0 out of 5 stars Tosh and piffle.
Boring and self indulgent. Moneyed person has mid-life crisis. Buys things and has a holiday complete with servants.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Book
This book was a total joy, having been obsessd with the saga of Fanny and Robert Louis Stevenson myself. Pamela Stephenson(no relation) buys a yacht and follows the exact passage of the south seas voyage of the Stevensons, with a full crew and her teenage daughter Scarlett. A book to treasure (no pun intended) and one I will dip into again and again, whenever I need feminine inspspiration. Go Pamela! ... Read more


5. Robt Louis Stevenson in Ca (The Literary West Series)
by Roy Nickerson
 Paperback: 119 Pages (1982-05-01)
list price: US$5.95
Isbn: 0877012466
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