Thursday, April 7, 2011

Robert Louis Stevenson

There is but one art -- to omit!  O if I knew how to omit.  I would ask no other knowledge.
(Robert Louis Stevenson was an extremely popular writer.  But he was also admired by great writers as diverse as Kipling, Nabokov, Hemingway, and Jorge Luis Borges.  I once stayed in the room in the Hawes Inn -- an inn that stands at the foot of the Forth Bridge in Scotland -- where Stevenson got the idea for his book, Kidnapped.  The Forth Bridge is arguably the most beautiful bridge in the world, and certainly the most distinctive in appearance.)

The Forth Bridge, which opened in 1890.

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