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

The Saranac Connection: Part III

Miss Adelaide Boodle was formerly a neighbor of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson when they were living in Bournemouth, England, their last home before they came to America and then to Saranac Lake. An amateur musician herself, just like RLS, the two had got along famously trying to make ...

The Saranac Connection: Part II

It was October 3, 1887, close to the dinner hour, when Robert Louis Stevenson along with his mother, Margaret, and their portable servant, Valentine, arrived in Saranac Lake during a rainstorm. They had travelled all afternoon in a two-horse buggy from Loon Lake over a primitive Route 3 to ...

The Saranac Connection: Part I

The significance of Robert Louis Stevenson’s oft-called “Adirondack sojourn” is often understated or not understood by incompetent biographers where it is barely a footnote. The better ones discuss his literary accomplishments of that winter of 1887-88, namely, the Scribner’s series of ...

‘My Good Health’ — Part IX

The published letters of Robert Louis Stevenson by the Yale University Press (1995), edited by Bradford A. Booth and Earnest Mayhew, commit 146 pages from Vol. VI to the letters the author of “Treasure Island” wrote while he and his family passed the winter of 1887-88 as tenants of the ...

‘My Good Health,’ Part VII

“When Robert Louis Stevenson came here, Saranac Lake village was but a backwoods hamlet. The first locomotive had not yet startled the buck and the bear. The community which is now the metropolis of the Adirondacks had in 1887 less than a handful of the thousands who have since followed the ...

‘My Good Health,’ Part VI

“I … have fallen head over heels into a new tale: ‘The Master of Ballantrae.’ No thought have I now apart from it.” — Robert Louis Stevenson to Sidney Colvin, Christmas Eve, 1887, Saranac Lake Dec. 24, 1887, was a Saturday, a day of the week which until recently, had been just ...