Travels with a Donkey

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Travels with a Donkey

R. L. Stevenson’s wanderings through the mountains of southern France, accompanied by a donkey. [Br. Lit.: Magill I, 1014]
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(Confessions of a Justified Sinner, a 1995 video installation, mirrors, slows down and inverts a sequence from Rouben Mamoulian's 1931 film of Stevenson's novel Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde; while Black Spot, a series of photographs made by the artist in 2000, was inspired by the 'black spot', the harbinger of doom in Treasure Island.) Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes (1879) is Stevenson's chronicle of a journey in the southern French mountain range where 'the tyranny of the Church produced the Camisard rebellion', an early 18th-century uprising of local Protestants of which Stevenson, himself brought up in a Protestant household, wrote sympathetically.
In the early essays, An Inland Voyage and Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes, a process of authorial self-construction is at work that anticipates the modern self of his Gothic fiction.
I suggest that Stevenson's predisposition to experiment with the Gothic predates 'the Gothic period' identified by Hogle and that the narrators of the two earlier travel narratives, An Inland Voyage and Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes, indicate a process of authorial self-construction at work that anticipates the 'modern self' of the Gothic fiction.
The two books by Robert Louis Stevenson that I wish to focus on here are among his earliest published works: An Inland Voyage (1878) and Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes (1879).
Inland Voyage / Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes / The Silverado Squatters.
Travels With a Donkey in the Cevennes Journal by Stevenson, Robert Louis (Balfour), published in 1879.
A trip to Europe supplied the materials for An Inland Voyage (1878) and Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes (1879).