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R. L. S.


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THE WIRELESS ORCHESTRA, conducted by JOHN ANSELL IT was on December 3, 1894, that Robert
. Louis Stevenson was struck down on the verandah of his houso at Vailima, in Samoa, with apoplexy, and the same evening he died. Only a year before he had published two of his most important books, ' Catriona,' the sequel to ' Kidnapped,' and ' Island Nights' Entertainments,' a volume that included, in ' The Bottle Imp,' one of the great short stories of the world's literature. It would be hard to find a writer of romances who enjoyed so great a contemporary reputation as Stevenson, and who left behind him so considerable a cult, the survival of which is demonstrated by the still increasing demand for cheap editions of his works. Although his fame was made by ' Treasure Island," Kidnapped,' and similar stories, his essays became equally popular, and in addition ho has left, in his ' Defence of Father Damien,' a piece of English worthy to
. rank with the first of Swift's ' Drapier's Letters ' as a model of strong, virile, controversial prose.


Arranged By: Cecil Lewis
Conducted By: John Ansell

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