Fabulas. R.L Stevenson

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LD Books, 2011 M08 15
Stevenson, a diferencia de muchos otros escritores, creó moralidades y tramas en sus fábulas. El no fue un hombre religioso. Fue algo más, un hombre ético. Cada fábula de este libro tiene su propio estilo y vocabulario: algunas son coloquiales, otras son intemporales y podrían ser muy antiguas. En todas ellas se combinan cosas heterogeneas, casi en cada renglón hay una sorpresa. Esta es una breve y secreta obra maestra.
 

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Prólogo
14
Los personajes de la fábula
17
El barco que se hunde
21
Los dos fósforos
24
El enfermo y el bombero
25
El Diablo y el posadero
26
El penitente
27
La pintura amarilla
28
El lector
43
El vecino y el viajero
45
El distinguido forastero
47
Los caballos de tiro y el caballo de silla
49
El renacuajo y la rana
51
En esas historias no hay nada
53
Fe media fe y ninguna fe
57
La piedra de toque
61

La Casa de los Mayores
31
Los cuatro reformadores
39
El hombre y su amigo
41
La Pobre Cosa
69
La canción del mañana
77
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Novelist, poet, and essayist Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. A sickly child, Stevenson was an invalid for part of his childhood and remained in ill health throughout his life. He began studying engineering at Edinburgh University but soon switched to law. His true inclination, however, was for writing. For several years after completing his studies, Stevenson traveled on the Continent, gathering ideas for his writing. His Inland Voyage (1878) and Travels with a Donkey (1878) describe some of his experiences there. A variety of essays and short stories followed, most of which were published in magazines. It was with the publication of Treasure Island in 1883, however, that Stevenson achieved wide recognition and fame. This was followed by his most successful adventure story, Kidnapped, which appeared in 1886. With stories such as Treasure Island and Kidnapped, Stevenson revived Daniel Defoe's novel of romantic adventure, adding to it psychological analysis. While these stories and others, such as David Balfour and The Master of Ballantrae (1889), are stories of adventure, they are at the same time fine studies of character. The Master of Ballantrae, in particular, is a study of evil character, and this study is taken even further in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886). In 1887 Stevenson and his wife, Fanny, went to the United States, first to the health spas of Saranac Lake, New York, and then on to the West Coast. From there they set out for the South Seas in 1889. Except for one trip to Sidney, Australia, Stevenson spent the remainder of his life on the island of Samoa with his devoted wife and stepson. While there he wrote The Wrecker (1892), Island Nights Entertainments (1893), and Catriona (1893), a sequel to Kidnapped. He also worked on St. Ives and The Weir of Hermiston, which many consider to be his masterpiece. He died suddenly of apoplexy, leaving both of these works unfinished. Both were published posthumously; St. Ives was completed by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, and The Weir of Hermiston was published unfinished. Stevenson was buried on Samoa, an island he had come to love very much. Although Stevenson's novels are perhaps more accomplished, his short stories are also vivid and memorable. All show his power of invention, his command of the macabre and the eerie, and the psychological depth of his characterization.

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