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Robert Louis Stevenson: A Biography, by Claire Harman, Harper Collins, €36.

12th February, 2005

Robert Louis Stevenson: A Biography, by Claire Harman, Harper Collins, €36.

Robert Louis Stevenson was a man on the run. What he was running from is not certain - bad health, over-protective parents, gender issues or, maybe, the self.

According to this biography of the Scottish novelist, this restlessness manifests itself intellectually in Stevenson's difficulty in writing a novel to its conclusion.

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