Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes

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One of Robert Louis Stevenson's earliest published works and is considered a pioneering classic of outdoor literature.

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Long, vigorous walk, usually on trails or footpaths in the countryside.

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Map of Robert Louis Stevenson's walking route in the Cévennes, France, taken from Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (1879), a pioneering classic of outdoor literature.
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More and more people undertook walking tours through the 19th century, of which the most famous is probably Robert Louis Stevenson's journey through the Cévennes in France with a donkey, recorded in his Travels with a Donkey (1879).

Robert Louis Stevenson

Scottish novelist, essayist, poet and travel writer.

Portrait by Henry Walter Barnett, 1893
Bound set of many of Stevenson's works, 1909
Daguerreotype portrait of Stevenson as a child
Stevenson's childhood home in Heriot Row
"My second mother, my first wife.
The angel of my infant life—
From the sick child, now well and old,
Take, nurse, the little book you hold!" ⁠Dedication of "A Child's Garden of Verses": ⁠⁠"To Alison Cunningham. From her Boy."
Stevenson at age 7
Stevenson at age 14
Stevenson at age 30
Stevenson at 35 in 1885
Stevenson at age 26 in 1876 at Barbizon, France
Stevenson at age 26 by Charles Wirgman
Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne, c. 1876
French Hotel (now "Stevenson House"), Monterey, California, where he stayed in 1879
Family in 1893: Wife Fanny, Stevenson, his stepdaughter Isobel, and his mother Margaret Balfour
Stevenson's "Cure Cottage" in Saranac Lake, New York
Photographic portrait, c. 1887
Bibliography frontispiece
Stevenson playing a flageolet in Hawaii ca. 1889
Stevenson and King Kalākaua of Hawaii, c. 1889
The author with his wife and their household in Vailima, Samoa, c. 1892
Stevenson's birthday fete at Vailima, November 1894
Stevenson on the veranda of his home at Vailima, c. 1893
Burial on Mount Vaea in Samoa, 1894
His tomb on Mount Vaea, c. 1909
Portrait by Henry Walter Barnett, 1893
Stevenson on horseback
Portrait by Henry Walter Barnett in 1893, sent by Stevenson to J. M. Barrie
Portrait in 1893 by Barnett
Bronze relief memorial of Stevenson in St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh
Profile bust of Stevenson, Writers' Museum, Edinburgh
Statue of Stevenson as a child, outside Colinton Parish Church in Edinburgh
RLS Museum, Samoa
Illustration from Kidnapped. Caption: "Hoseason turned upon him with a flash" (chapter VII, "I Go to Sea in the Brig "Covenant" of Dysart")
Stevenson at 37
Pen and ink sketch by Wyatt Eaton, 1888
Stevenson with native Chief Tui-Ma-Le-Alh-Fano
left|Portrait by Girolamo Nerli, 1892
With Kalakaua in the King's boathouse
Portrait by John Singer Sargent, 1887
Stevenson paces in his dining room in an 1885 portrait by John Singer Sargent. His wife Fanny, seated in an Indian dress, is visible in the lower right corner.
Alternate portrait in 1893 by Barnett, subtly different from the more familiar shot.
Portrait by William Blake Richmond, 1886

In August 1878, she returned to San Francisco and Stevenson remained in Europe, making the walking trip that formed the basis for Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (1879).

GR 70

Grande Randonnée that runs for approximately 225 km through the French departments of Haute-Loire, Lozère and Gard in a generally north–south direction from Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille to Saint-Jean-du-Gard.

The characteristic white and red stripes that mark the path of a GR

It follows approximately the route taken by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1878, a journey described in his book Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes.

Cévennes

Cultural region and range of mountains in south-central France, on the south-east edge of the Massif Central.

Cévennes view
Les Cévennes from le mont Aigoual

Robert Louis Stevenson, a Scottish writer, visited the Cévennes in 1878 and wrote Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (1879) about his experiences.

Outdoor literature

Literature genre about or involving the outdoors.

Map of Robert Louis Stevenson's walking route, taken from Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (1879), a pioneering classic of outdoor literature
Walden Pond

Robert Louis Stevenson's Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (1879), about his travels in Cévennes (France), is among the first popular books to present hiking and camping as recreational activities, and tells of commissioning one of the first sleeping bags.

Sidney Colvin

British curator and literary and art critic, part of the illustrious Anglo-Indian Colvin family.

Stevenson dedicated Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes to Colvin, who became his literary adviser.

Camisards

Camisards were Huguenots (French Protestants) of the rugged and isolated Cévennes region and the neighbouring Vaunage in southern France.

Protestant satirical drawing of a "dragoon missionary" converting an "heretic", 1686
Monument at Devès de Martignargues
Title and illustration of an anonymous handbill printed in London in 1707. The picture shows Élie Marion, Jean Daudé, and Nicolas Fatio de Duillier, leaders of the so-called French prophets, standing on the scaffold at Charing Cross after being sentenced to the pillory for sedition.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1879), Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes. Travel literature.

Travels with Charley

1962 travelogue written by American author John Steinbeck.

First edition cover
Rocinante, Steinbeck's camper truck which he used to travel across the United States in 1960, now at the National Steinbeck Center, Salinas, California

In the Steinbeck novel The Pastures of Heaven, one of the characters regards Robert Louis Stevenson's Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes as one of the single greatest works of English literature and eventually names his infant son Robert Louis.

The Pastures of Heaven

Short story cycle by John Steinbeck, first published in 1932, consisting of twelve interconnected stories about a valley, the Corral de Tierra, in Monterey, California, which was discovered by a Spanish corporal while chasing runaway Indian slaves.

First edition (publ. Brewer, Warren & Putnam)

In the story "Junius Maltby", one of the characters regards Robert Louis Stevenson's Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes as one of the greatest works of English literature and eventually names his infant son Robert Louis.

Château de Beaufort

Ruined castle located along the upper reaches of the river Loire in France.

Ruin of Beaufort Castle
Ruin of Beaufort Castle

Robert Louis Stevenson stopped here on his trip documented in Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (1879).