The nature of the work he does all day will more affect his happiness than the quality of his dinner at night.where he then discusses what and how writers should write based on their experiences and the pursuit of truth in literature.
In the third essay, ‘Books Which Have Influenced Me’, after mentioning books that have influenced him and briefly explaining why Stevenson quickly discusses reading: A human truth, which is always very much a lie, hides as much of life as it displays.
The Art Of series, edited by Charles Baxter, is a new series of brief books by contemporary writers on an important craft issue.
Each book investigates an aspect of the craft of fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry by discussing works by authors past and present.
All in all, for a book published in 1912 and a writer who was prolific in the literature (despite dying suddenly at the young age of 44), this is quite a collection revealing Stevenson’s thoughts and processes regarding writers, readers, and his own work.
It can be read by writers who seek knowledge in ‘The Art of Writing’ as a supplement, but it can also be read by the general reader interested in understanding the mind of a great writer.
S., visiting various spas and health resorts in search of a cure for the tuberculosis from which Stevenson suffered all his life.
After extensive travel in the South Seas, he finally settled in Samoa, where he became involved in the lives and politics of the islanders.
The books in The Art Of series are not strictly manuals, but serve readers and writers by illuminating aspects of the craft of writing that people think they already know but don't really know.
The first book in The Art Of series of books on the craft of writing, fiction writer and essayist Charles Baxter's The Art of Subtext discusses and illustrates the hidden subtextual overtones and undertones in fictional works haunted by the unspoken, the suppressed, and the secreted.