An Inland Voyage (1878) is a travelogue by Robert Louis Stevenson about a canoeing trip through France and Belgium in 1876. It is Stevenson's earliest book and a pioneering work of outdoor literature.
As a young man, Stevenson desired to be financially independent so that he might pursue the woman he loved, and set about funding his freedom from parental support by writing travelogues, the three most prominent being An Inland Voyage, Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes (1879) and The Silverado Squatters (1883).
Voyage was undertaken with Stevenson's Scottish friend Sir Walter Grindlay Simpson, mostly along the Oise River from Belgium through France, in the Fall of 1876 when Stevenson was 26 years old. The first part, in Belgium, passed through heavily industrial areas and many canal locks, proving to be not much of a vacation. They then went by rail to France, starting downriver at Maubeuge and ending at Pontoise, close to the Seine. The route itinerary has become a popular route for modern travelers to re-enact with guidebooks and maps available.
Stevenson (named "Arethusa" in the book after his canoe) and Simpson (called "Cigarette" along with his canoe) each had a wooden canoe rigged with a sail, comparable in style to a modern kayak, known as a "Rob Roy". They were narrow, decked, and paddled with double-bladed paddles, a style that had recently become popular in England, France, and neighboring countries, inspired by Scottish explorer John MacGregor's book A Thousand Miles in the Rob Roy Canoe (1866).
Outdoor travel for leisure was unusual for the time, and the two Scotsmen were often mistaken for lowly traveling salesman (a status that more than once kept them from a room for the night), but the novelty of their canoes would occasion entire villages to come out and wave along the banks with cheers of "come back soon!" A fundamentally Romantic work in style and tone, the book paints a delightful atmosphere of Europe in a more innocent time, with quirky innkeepers, traveling entertainers and puppeteers, old men who had never left their villages, ramshackle military units parading with drums and swords, and gypsy-like families who lived on canal barges.
The first edition was published by C. Kegan Paul & Co. Since then there have been several editions; a later edition adds an adventure on foot in which Stevenson is thought to be a beggar and is tossed in jail by police, and also a preface by Stevenson's future wife Fanny Vandegrift Osbourne and stepson Lloyd Osbourne, who met him on this journey.
The Suicide Club is a collection of three 19th century detective fiction short stories by Robert Louis Stevenson that combine to form a single narrative. First published in the London Magazine in1878, they were collected and republished in the first volume of the New Arabian Nights.
The trilogy introduces the characters of Prince Florizel of Bohemia and his sidekick Colonel Geraldine. In this cycle they infiltrate a secret society of people intent on losing their lives.
It has been described as: "The Prince’s investigation of the macabre club and its criminally inclined president makes for one of Stevenson’s most exciting and suspenseful tales."
The cycle has been adapted for stage, film and television on a number of occasions.
The three short stories that form this cycle are as follows.
Story of the Young Man with the Cream Tarts
The first story in the cycle is set in the gas-lit streets of Victorian London where Prince Florizel of Bohemia and Colonel Geraldine roam in search of adventure.
The story begins with Prince Florizel and Colonel Geraldine dining incognito in a London oyster bar where they are surprised to be accosted by a young man distributing cream tarts for free. Intrigued by this idiosyncratic behaviour they invite him to dinner where he reveals the existence of the Suicide Club. Upon gaining entry to the club Florizel and Geraldine are appalled by what they find going on inside and vow to bring justice to the insidious president of the club. The first story ends with Florizel disbanding the club and dispatching the president abroad in the custody of Geraldine’s younger brother.
Story of the Physician and the Saratoga Trunk
The second story in the cycle is set in the Latin Quarter of Paris where an American tourist finds himself embroiled in a dastardly plot.
In the story, while lodging in Paris naive young Silas Q. Scuddamore is lured away by a beautiful young lady who promises a secret assignation but fails to appear. Returning to his hotel dejected he is shocked to discover a dead man in his bed. Kindly neighbour Dr. Noel arranges for Scuddamore and the body (concealed in a Saratoga trunk) to be smuggled to London in the company of Prince Florizel. Once in London, Florizel discovers the plot and reveals the victim to be Geraldine’s younger brother who has been murdered by the President of the Suicide Club in his escape from custody.
The Adventure of the Hansom Cab
The third and final story in the cycle is set in the gas-lit streets of Victorian era London where a retired British soldier looks for adventure.
In the story, former Lieutenant Brackenbury Rich is beckoned into the back of an elegantly appointed Hansom by a mysterious cabman who whisks him off to a party. There the host continuously assesses his various guests and asks them to depart until only a handful are left. The host then reveals himself to be Colonel Geraldine and invites Rich to join him on a secret mission. They travel to a discreet location where Prince Florizel, with the assistance of Dr. Noel, has finally ensnared the President of the Suicide Club. The Prince challenges the President to a duel to the death and emerges victorious.
The Rajah's Diamond is a cycle of four short stories by Robert Louis Stevenson. First published in 1878, in a serial periodical, London Magazine, they were republished in the first volume of New Arabian Nights. The stories are:
"Story of the Bandbox"
"Story of the Young Man in Holy Orders"
"Story of the House with the Green Blinds"
"The Adventure of Prince Florizel and a Detective"
"The Pavilion on the Links" (1880) is a short story by Robert Louis Stevenson. It was first published in Cornhill Magazine (Vol. 42, Sept-Oct 1880). A revised version was included in The New Arabian Nights (1882).
The story was considered by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1890 as "the high-water mark of [Stevenson’s] genius" and "the first short story in the world’". Along with a number of other stories it was collected in a volume entitled The New Arabian Nights in 1882. This collection is seen as the starting point for the history of the English short story by Barry Menikoff.
Table of Contents:
AN INLAND VOYAGE
Preface to the First Edition
1. Antwerp to Boom
2. On the Willebroek Canal
3. The Royal Sport Nautique
4. At Maubeuge
5. On the Sambre Canalised — To Quartes
6. Pont-Sur-Sambre — We are Pedlars
7. Pont-Sur-Sambre — The Travelling Merchant
8. On the Sambre Canalised — To Landrecies
9. At Landrecies
10. Sambre and Oise Canal — Canal Boats
11. The Oise in Flood
12. Origny Sainte-Benoite — A by-Day
13. Origny Sainte-Benoite — The Company at Table
14. Down the Oise — To Moy
15. La Fere of Cursed Memory
16. Down the Oise — Through the Golden Valley
17. Noyon Cathedral
18. Down the Oise — To Compiegne
19. At Compiegne
20. Changed Times
21. Down the Oise — Church Interiors
22. Precy and the Marionnettes
23. Back to the World
24. Epilogue to “An Inland Voyage”
NOVELS AND STORIES
A Lodging for the Night: A Story of Francis Villon
Will O' the Mill
New Arabian Nights
Preface to the Biographical Edition
The Suicide Club
1. Story of the Young Man with the Cream Tarts
2. Story of the Physician and the Saratoga Trunk
3. The Adventure of the Hansom Cabs
The Rajah’s Diamond
1. Story of the Bandbox
2. Story of the Young Man in Holy Orders
3. Story of the House with the Green Blinds
4. The Adventure of Prince Florizel and a Detective
The Pavilion on the Links
1. Tells How I Camped in Graden Sea-Wood, and Beheld a Light in the Pavilion
2. Tells of the Nocturnal Landing from the Yacht
3. Tells How I Became Acquainted with My Wife
4. Tells in what a Startling Manner I Learned that I was Not Alone in Graden Sea-Wood
5. Tells of an Interview Between Northmour, Clara, and Myself
6. Tells of My Introduction to the Tall Man
7. Tells How a Word was Cried Through the Pavilion Window
8. Tells the Last of the Tall Man
9. Tells How Northmour Carried Out His Threat
An Inland Voyage, Travel Audiobook by Robert Louis Stevenson