The Wrong Box

The Wrong Box

by Robert Louis Stevenson


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"How very little does the amateur, dwelling at home at ease, comprehend the labours and perils of the author, and, when he smilingly skims the surface of a work of fiction, how little does he consider the hours of toil, consultation of authori-ties, researches in the Bodleian, correspondence with learned and illegible Germans-in one word, the vast scaffolding that was first built up and then knocked down, to while away an hour for him in a railway train! Thus I might begin this tale with a biography of Tonti-birthplace, par-entage, genius probably inherited from his moth-er, remarkable instance of precocity, etc-and a complete treatise on the system to which he be-queathed his name. The material is all beside me in a pigeon-hole, but I scorn to appear vainglori-ous. Tonti is dead, and I never saw anyone who even pretended to regret him; and, as for the ton-tine system, a word will suffice for all the purpos-es of this unvarnished narrative."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781618957085
Publisher: Bibliotech Press
Publication date: 08/23/2019
Pages: 142
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894) was a prolific author of stories for children and adults and is best known as the author of Kidnapped, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Treasure Island. Lloyd Osbourne (1868-1947) was an American author and Stevenson's stepson.

Date of Birth:

November 13, 1850

Date of Death:

December 3, 1894

Place of Birth:

Edinburgh, Scotland

Place of Death:

Vailima, Samoa


Edinburgh University, 1875

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