Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes Pdf
Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes is a non-fiction travel book written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. It was first published in December 1878 as “a paean to his birthplace” and was his second published book following An Inland Voyage. The book began as a series of articles which appeared in the magazine, Portfolio. It provides Stevenson’s personal introduction to each part of the city and some history behind the various sections of the city and its most famous buildings.
Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes Summary
Despite his affection for the city, Stevenson did not shy away from detailing the darker aspects of life in Edinburgh however; including references to its more gruesome history and inhabitants such as Deacon Brodie, whose dual life proved inspiration for Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the occultist Major Thomas Weir, who was executed for witchcraft. Stevenson’s vivid and frank depiction of the city also includes mention of Edinburgh’s plague-ridden past, when officials punished those with plague symptoms by drowning women in the Quarry Holes and hanging men in their own doorways. So the book acts as a part guidebook, part memoir and part social history of the city which not every reader appreciated upon the book’s publication. This caused the inclusion of this notable footnote from Stevenson responding to criticisms to appear in the first chapter of subsequent editions.
Details Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes Pdf Book
Name Of the Novel: Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Language: English, Lowland Scots
Genre: non-fiction travel
Publisher: Cassell and Company Ltd
Publication date: 1878
Book Type: Pdf / ePub
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