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Fanny Stevenson Babelio Fanny Van de Grift — tait l'pouse de l'crivain cossais Robert Louis Stevenson et la mre de Lloyd Osbourne Fanny Van de Grift nat Indianapolis le mars ans elle pouse Samuel Osbourne De cette union naissent Isobel en puis Samuel Lloyd en Fanny Stevenson Entre passion et libert Babelio Fanny STEVENSON c'est d'abord une grande fresue historiue ui retrace avec exactitude des univers aujourd'hui disparus des mines d'or du Nevada aux galeries de peinture impressionnistes des salons londoniens aux les du Pacifiue Fanny Stevenson entre passion et libert Alexandra Bien ue plus connue sous le patronyme de Stevenson Fanny Vandegrift femme du grand crivain cossais et mre de Lloyd Osbourne autre crivain amricain fut aussi une personnalit au destin exceptionnel Voici son histoire fascinante rendu accessible tous grce au volumineux travail d'Alexandra Lapierre Fanny Stevenson Wikipedia Fanny Stevenson Alexandra Lapierre Bien avant de rencontrer Stevenson Fanny avait dj vcu mille vies Marie une premire fois elle avait t l'pouse du lonesome cowboy de la lgende amricaine Fanny Stevenson Poche Alexandra Lapierre Achat Livre Fanny Stevenson Rsum Lorsue en Robert Louis Stevenson rencontre Mrs Osborne une Amricaine de trente cin ans spare de son mari et mre de deux enfants c'est le coup de foudre immdiat Cette jeune femme joyeuse sauvage ui a derrire elle le pass rude et mouvement d'une pionnire de l'Ouest incarne aux yeux du jeune cossais un nouvel idal fminin Entre Fanny Osbourne Stevenson Gte Pradelles nature rando en Fanny est cependant trs fier du travail de son mari et collabore avec lui sur le dynamiteur Nanmoins Stevenson consacre Fanny Weir de Hermiston en pour la remercier de toute son aide Son pome My Wife est une description de ses sentiments pour elle Fanny Stevenson Robert Louis Stevenson Museum Fanny Van de Grift — Wikipdia Fanny Van de Grift ne le mars Indianapolis et morte le fvrier Santa Monica Californie fut l'pouse de l'crivain cossais Robert Louis Stevenson et la mre de Lloyd Osbourne Robert Louis Stevenson — Wikipdia Robert Louis Stevenson


10 thoughts on “Fanny Stevenson

  1. says:

    I HAD NO IDEA This is continually how I reacted when I read about the life of Fanny Stevenson 1840 1914 the wife of Robert Louis Stevenson the famed novelist poet and travel writer 1850 1894 It was with continual wonder and surprise that I read the pages of this book Beginning in the 1860s she traveled the world in a fashion that sounds imaginary She traveled from Indianapolis where she was born to New York then boat to the Panama Isthmus on to San Francisco and then Nevada The transcontinental railroad was not yet complete To top it all off she traveled alone with her baby daughter just a jingle of change and a few notes in her pocket She traveled back a few years later All her life she was a vagabond Fed up with the antics of her first skirt chasing husband she traveled again alone with her two young children to study art in France Later married to RLS they sailed the South Pacific Travel she did and not always in luxury Usually she was fighting somebody or something – people or illness She was a tremendously strong woman clearly not an easy woman to live with She broke society’s rules over and over again She was one determined lady set to do exactly what was necessary to achieve her goals I did not find her goals selfish Once married to the interminably sick Robert she had one goal that being to keep him alive and aid him with his writing Here again is another artist plagued by consumption All medical authorities said living up in the mountain air would help They tried Switzerland; he only grew sicker So the warmth of the South Seas drew them finally building their own home on a jungle covered island in Samoa Does that sound like a dream world? Well she built the pig pens planted the gardens braved cyclones alone continually caring for the health and career of the acclaimed author It was a characteristic of her personality to defend the weak And R LS was the same She broke every rule of propriety RLS was eleven years her junior After the author’s death she had other affairs lived with another man almost forty years her junior who married her daughter when she herself died She broke all rules Following travels around the world the reader is not only given the details of family disputes tumults and joys but also the politics of the domicile nations As a famed couple they could pull strings and did not hesitate to do so Fanny and RLS took on the fight for the underdog They supported the machinations of Hawaiian King Kalakaua against American powers They sought to help the lepers on Molokai The history of the leper colony is given RLS risked his own health to visit the island attempting to change their conditions and the public view of lepers They involved themselves in the civil war and international disputes of the Samoan Islands History is detailed To enjoy this book the reader must be interested in such history The artist colonies in France at the turn of the century the growth of Impressionism the European cultural climate in art and writing at the turn of the 19th Century all of this is covered This book is written a s a biography The author separates herself from the individuals described in the pages Fanny Stevenson is honored by some and disclaimed by others To seek the truth the author has thoroughly analyzed and documented her sources In this way the reader sometimes observes rather than empathizes with the individuals At the back of the book the sources are discussed in detail chapter by chapter Rather than using uotes the lines from prime sources are put in italics in the central portion of the book I found the numerous and lengthy sections in italics visually difficult to read although they were skillfully woven into the narrative For my part the critical analysis and detachment displayed in the writing style detracted from the book’s punch I enjoyed learning about Fanny’s personality her life with Robert Louis Stevenson the blossoming world of art in France the political climate in Hawaii the Molokai leper colony and finally life and political tensions in Polynesia all at the turn of the 20th Century For this reason I give the book four stars


  2. says:

    Fanny Stevenson A Romance of Destiny rates as one of the better biographies I've read in the last five years I believe this one will be one that I remember and refer back to oftenFanny's life contained much diversity adventure travel and love's ups and downs She certainly was a uniue individual and clearly had some charisma where men were concerned although I am still baffled as to why that was considering the chauvinistic era in which she lived IMO Fanny serves as pre feminist She nursed and served Robert Louis Stevenson but couldn't be labeled as servile if that makes any sense She did not hesitate to give opinions and could bully others if they stood in the way of helping someone she loved Strong willed would be an understatement in describing FannySince I am a fan of RLS I enjoyed seeing his life through Fanny's eyes It isn't the rose coloured view presented by most of his biographers His passion and loyalty towards Fanny and his friends impressed me view spoilerDuring Fanny's bouts with mental illness in Samoa I almost cried the way he sacrificed his ill health to nurse her back to health and then died of a stroke shortly after Speaking of Fanny's mental illness is it coincidental that she didn't suffer from it again after RLS died? Personally I think she was overstressed and close to a breakdown She bore the brunt of running the estate and nurturing a mostly selfish dependent family hide spoiler


  3. says:

    355Tell the truth but tell it slant; approach it circuitously The first section is Dickinson's the second my own Ever since the years during which I was trained to automatically gravitate towards the whitely sanitized masculinity that masuerades as notable history I have sought to fill in the gaps while still every so often indulging in following those trajectories that still feel so comfortably familiar to my reading sensibilities As such I've developed a taste for nonfiction that allows me to approach via slant those much repeated lauded and overbearingly drowned in the limelight names of many a white boy without which conventional history would be little than a handful of naive aphorisms and bigoted fascinations Recently all I need to see is that the biography of this latest white boy is not yet another white boy for me to pick it up but for a while I was drawn exclusively to biographies of women associated with one or figures of fame that had also been written by women Wives sisters colleagues domestically suffocated involuntarily institutionalized stripped of academic credit and prestige denied the throne through one conniving machination or another a tale that is admittedly very white but is still worth hearing with a critical ear Fanny Stevenson is the latest of these the much maligned wife of Robert Louis Stevenson and I will admit while this wasn't the most admirably credible of nonfictional pieces it certainly was a great deal sensually exciting than I had anticipated to the point that I am glad that I am contemplating a shift in reading focuses that combines the usual ideals cultivated during the last five or so years with the familiar pastures of my youthThis nonfictional narrative was at times repugnant Lapierre's constant appropriation of non white bodies to eroticize white bodies happens a good ten to fifteen times throughout the course of it at least at times stirring I deeply appreciated the portrayal of the times of the Pacific Islands that read nearly as credibly as Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's ueen at times seducing I don't know when I'm going to get back to Robert Louis Stevenson but I'm seriously considering trying on 'Treasure Island' at my this relatively aged point in my life Lapierre replicated the internal musings of historical figures with her own experiences following in their migrating footsteps cut and spliced together letters from one or authors for the sake of informational expediency and converted archived transcripts into living dialogue whenever she thought she could get away with it The only reason I don't do than note this is due to her honest discussion of her methods in the end notes and I'll leave it to other readers to decide whether they're interested in having such hugely subjective treatments of historical facts periodically cropping in their nonfiction reading For my purposes they didn't crop up substantially or often enough to majorly interrupt my flow with the need to take such with a grain of salt indeed the generous inclusion of written correspondence between Fanny Louis spouses children parents friends and naysayers counterbalanced much of the feeling of disbelief that the handwavy sections generated As such I generally made my way through this in an enjoyable fashion especially since evocations of beautiful natural landscapes and faintly purplish prose are fine by me so long as an author isn't too freuently odiously white in their descriptionsBeyond all that narratological talk there was much I hadn't expected from Fanny Van de Grift then Fanny Osbourne then Fanny Stevenson Following her first husband along a hellish inter Oceanic trail to a lfrontier life led among indigenous people and mining towns while barely in her twenties; cultivating artistic pursuits as a settled mother of three amongst the salons of Oakland California and alongside the singular Marie Bashkirtseff in France; and much further on involving herself in the pre colonial skirmishes that would ultimately devastate much of the native self governance that she had learned to love and importantly to respect I liked all that I read that went against the grain of what is conventionally taught and while Lapierre got on my nerves at times with her rhapsodizing about 'dark skin' Stevenson looks flat white to me in all of the photographs included in this work which span from her youngest years to her final ones and tiny hands and whatnot she did enough to work against standard narratives to satisfy me even if it were only to even effectively resist historical infantalizing treatments of RLS by building up the writer into some paragon of social justice Still that last part did indeed deeply interest me and it is definitely a significant part of my motivation to revisit an author whose Jekyll and Hyde I made the acuaintance far too long ago to give any definitive date for It's nowhere near an urgent priority but in terms of the 'if you had to pick a white boy' test RLS did a lot better than most something I can now see would likely not have come to be were it not for Fanny at his sideOverall not the best piece of nonfiction I've ever run into when it comes to learning my truth slant but when it comes to the timeline of my shifting reading goals this work would have had a hard time coming during a better period Not only does it align with my readiness to go through the mainstream author demographics whom I've for some time relegated to molder in storage but it also fits the bill of the kind of contemporary work that has been on my shelves for far too long that I'm focusing on reading for the rest of 2020 In addition the very last section devoted to the Stevenson's voyages in Pacific the one I had been looking forward to during my entire reading ended up being so delightful that much like I discovered with the recently read 'Ring' it would be good for me to carve out some small amount of space for certain pieces of carefully selected genre material in my reading habits As it commonly is these days much of what is supremely lauded is trash and almost all of what is treasure is buried deep but what would such endeavors be without a sense of adventure? Under the wide and starry sky Dig the grave and let me lieGlad did I live and gladly die And I laid me down with a willThis be the verse you grave for me Here he lies where he longed to be;Home is the sailor home from sea And the hunter home from the hill Robert Louis Stevenson 'Reuiem'


  4. says:

    I was fascinated with the lives of Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife Fanny Osbourne They traveled the world in search of a environment that would suit Louis's condition I found it amazing that they traveled and lived in the harshest conditions in the mid 1800'sand loved itI love biographiesand this book did not disappoint It's a long read and most of the story I was familiar with after reading Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan which I also enjoyed tremendouslyI have been inspired to read The Voyage Windward and other books about the Stevenson s


  5. says:

    Oh FannyFanny Stevenson endured a marriage of hardship and a philandering husband Determined to study art she took the brave step to leave the US with her children in tow Meeting Robert Louis Stevenson at an artist colony she fell in love head over heels They had an amazing life together I like reading biographies to fill in the details so often left out in the fleeting memory of fame Great book about a woman before her time


  6. says:

    This was an interesting and fun read despite being horrifically long For some odd reason I thought the first half of the book about her life with her first husband was interesting than her famous life with Robert Louis Stevensen And I don't think she was a violent person at all I think she went through horrendous trials that strained her to exhaustion both mentally and physically


  7. says:

    I would rather read a biography than just about anything else and this re enforces my love of that genre This is an extraordinary story of the woman behind Robert Louise Stevenson


  8. says:

    Excellent book I love well written stories about real people who lived their life with inner dignity and courage


  9. says:

    Fanny Vandegrift Osbourne Stevenson was a remarkable woman who seemed to live several different lives in one lifespan She traveled back and forth between the civilized world and the barbarous regions at the edge of society not with aplomb but with gritty determination view spoiler Her adventures included traveling across the isthmus of panama before the canal was built crossing the desert in a stagecoach setting up housekeeping in a mining camp studying painting in France being romanced by a young Robert Louis Stevenson sailing the Pacific Ocean and forging a plantation from the jungle in Samoa Add to this her success at being what is now referred to as a “cougar” Fanny however was not a carefree bon vivant who sought out adventure it just seemed that these unusual circumstances placed themselves in her path and she forthrightly rolled up her sleeves and tackled each task as it came before her There was much turmoil and strife in her life that took its toll on her – a philandering husband the unseemliness of divorce in Victorian times her nervous breakdown and mental illness and the never ending fight for the lives of beloved invalids her son and her frail young husband hide spoiler


  10. says:

    I give this tome four stars because it is exhaustive in it's content I'm not entirely sure how the author could have pared it down without sacrificing the readers' ability to know their subject Fanny Vandegrift Osbourne Stevenson wife of Robert Louis Stevenson She lived uite an interesting life with her travels being at the forefront of her story She seems to me like an accidentally worldly person; her first husband's fortune seeking put her on a path of following him around the country Then as a wife and mother she was lacking personal satisfaction and so headed to Europe to pursue artistic endeavors There she met RLS eventually decided to end her marriage to the philandering Sam Osbourne and marry Stevenson uite scandalous in those days The courage she had in building a life for herself and Stevenson on the Samoan islands is remarkable She practically built their house herself with few supplies and even less help Her passion is also worth noting she kept RLS alive by being willing to live wherever in the world his illness would go into remission She knew that she could keep him alive by sheer determination and she did What I found most interesting about Fanny was her will to keep building and rebuilding her own life after her significant losses All in all an interesting biography of a woman I knew nothing about beforehand