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The Hunter’s Home: Robert Louis Stevenson and the Saranac Connection

Belle, part IX: Enter RLS … again

Joseph Dwight Strong (1852-1899) was a fair-haired, California-born boy who did much of his growing up in Hawaii, where his father was a minister in a family of missionaries. He took to art instead of saving the heathen, and some Catholic philanthropic millionaires encouraged him by financing a ...

Belle, part VIII: Monterey

“I don’t know why my mother decided to return to California; she never told me, but suddenly we were leaving. This beautiful adventure was over and I thought my heart would break. O’Meara had already given me a portrait of himself done by a fellow student — a young man named John ...

Belle, part VII

“As summer approached it was always a joy to go back to Grez. How eagerly we looked out the window of our carriage for the first glimpse of the church spire. How pleasant it was, as we neared the inn, to see Madame Chevillon and Ernestine waiting for us under the archway, the little green ...

Belle, part 6: ‘The Sire de Maletroit’s Door’

“On our return to Paris, when later in the season Louis appeared, his daily pilgrimages from our quarter to the heights of Montmartre told the story clearly, and for male companionship Bob and I were left alone.” — “A Chronicle of Friendships” by Will Low So where in Paris, on ...

Belle, part V

“So here for the first time Stevenson saw the woman whom Fate had brought half-way across the world to meet him. He straightway fell in love; he knew in his own mind, and in spite of all dissuasions and difficulties, his choice never wavered. The difficulties were so great and hope so remote ...

Belle, part IV: Enter RLS

“He was slim and dark and so odd and foreign-looking, a sort of gentleman gypsy, and we were surprised when he greeted us somewhat formally, in English.” Miss Isobel “Belle” Osbourne, from Oakland, California, was 18 when she first encountered Robert Alan Mowbray Stevenson, ...