Which books have influenced you?

“The personal essay is a peculiar form of literature, entirely different from critical essays… It is a species of writing somewhat akin to autobiography or firelight conversation; where the writer takes the reader entirely into his confidence, and chats pleasantly with him on topics that may be as widely apart as the immortality of the soul and the proper colour of a necktie.”

The true test of a book, like that of an individual, is whether or not it improves upon acquaintance.”

All quotes taken from: Essays of Robert Louis Stevenson

Author: Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894; Phelps, William Lyon, 1865-1943. ed
Publisher: New York, Chicago [etc.] C. Scribner’s sons
Year: 1906
Possible copyright status: NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT
Language: English
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Book from the collections of: Library of Congress
Collection: americana

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Books which have influenced me (Robert Louis Stevenson – 1887)

The most influential books, and the truest in their influence, are works of fiction. They do not pin the reader to a dogma, which he must afterwards discover to be inexact; they do not teach him a lesson, which he must afterwards unlearn.

They repeat, they rearrange, they clarify the lessons of life; they disengage us from ourselves, they constrain us to the acquaintance of others ; and they show us the web of experience, not as we can see it for ourselves, but with a singular change — that monstrous, consuming ego of ours being, for the nonce, struck out. To be so, they must be reasonably true to the human comedy; and any work that is so serves the turn of instruction.”

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

** And now you, dear reader, which books have influenced you? In my next post, I’ll be writing about books that have influenced me

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Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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