Stevensoniana John Alexander Hammerton

ISBN: 9781150160707

Published: February 1st 2012

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238 pages


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Stevensoniana  by  John Alexander Hammerton

Stevensoniana by John Alexander Hammerton
February 1st 2012 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 238 pages | ISBN: 9781150160707 | 3.28 Mb

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903. Excerpt: ... XI HIS RELIGION Naturally this subjectMoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903. Excerpt: ... XI HIS RELIGION Naturally this subject is touched incidentally in many other passages quoted elsewhere.

The few selections here appended happen to stand alone and to refer directly to the religious side of the novelist. For that reason they are brought together under this heading. A very able review of Stevensons work, with especial attention to his philosophy of life, appeared in the London Quarterly- October 1895. The concluding paragraphs are chosen for quotation: If we wish to learn what our writer thought of mans life in relation to the Hereafter, what faith upheld him in face of the mysteries of existence, on what foundation he based the moral code that he enforced, we must seek it elseof Christ.

wnere than in his romances, healthy and bracing as is their teaching in regard to the conduct of life. In The Ebb-Tide indeed the part of deus ex machina is given to a certain dark apostle and autocratic ruler of men, strong in fatalistic faith, who recognises no living and real force in the world but the Grace of God-- we walk upon it, we breathe it- we live and die by it- it makes the nails and axles of the universe- and who can passionately urge on a despairing, selfruined sceptical sinner to cast his sins and sorrows on his Maker and Redeemer--He who died for you, He who upholds you, He whom you daily crucify afresh- but The Ebb-Tide is one of the stories of mixed origin- and were it not, we might reasonably doubt how much of his personal opinion Stevenson chose to express through this enigmatic Attwater, to whom the author has been pleased to assign some of the sterner, without any of the more endearing traits, that marked the extraordinary character of General Gordon.

There is clearer speech in some of those scattered essays, which conta...



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