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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Createspace Independent Pub
Publication date October 2, 2015
Pages 96
Binding Paperback
Edition Annotated
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781517620363
ISBN-10 1517620368
Dimensions 0.22 by 6 by 9 in.
Original list price $5.99
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: The Silverado Squatters (1883) is Robert Louis Stevenson's travel memoir of his two-month honeymoon trip with Fanny Vandegrift (and her son Lloyd Osbourne) to Napa Valley, California, in 1880.In July 1879, Stevenson received word that his future American wife's divorce was almost complete, but that she was seriously ill. He left Scotland right away and travelled to meet her in Monterey, California, (his trip detailed in The Amateur Emigrant (1894) and Across the Plains (1892)). Broken financially, suffering from a lifelong fibrinous bronchitis condition, and with his writing career at a dead end, he was nursed back to health by his doctor, his nurse, and his future wife, while living briefly in Monterey, San Francisco, and Oakland. His father having provided money to help, on May 19, 1880, he married the San Francisco native, whom he had first met in France in 1875, soon after the events of An Inland Voyage. Still too weak to undertake the journey back to Scotland, friends suggested Calistoga, in the upper Napa Valley, with its healthy mountain air.They first went to the Hot Springs Hotel in Calistoga, but unable to afford the 10 dollars a week, they spent an unconventional honeymoon in an abandoned three-story bunkhouse at a derelict mining camp called "Silverado" on the shoulder of Mount Saint Helena in the Mayacamas Mountains. There they managed to "squat" for two months during a pleasant California summer, putting up makeshift cloth windows and hauling water in by hand from a nearby stream while dodging rattlesnakes and the occasional fog banks so detrimental to Stevenson's health.The Silverado Squatters provides some interesting views of California during the late 19th century. Stevenson uses the first telephone of his life. He meets a number of wine growers in Napa Valley, an enterprise he deemed "experimental", with growers sometimes even mislabeling the bottles as originating from Spain in order to sell their product to skeptical Americans. He visits the oldest wine grower in the valley, Jacob Schram, who had been experimenting for 18 years at his Schramsberg Winery, and had recently expanded the wine cellar in his backyard. Stevenson also visits a petrified forest owned by an old Swedish ex-sailor who had stumbled upon it while clearing farmland—the precise nature of the petrified forest remained for everyone a source of curiosity. Stevenson also details his encounters with a local Jewish merchant, whom he compares to a character in a Charles Dickens novel (probably Fagin from Oliver Twist), and portrays as happy-go-lucky but always scheming to earn a dollar. Like Dickens in American Notes (1842), Stevenson found the American habit of spitting on the floor hard to get used to.His experiences at Silverado were recorded in a journal he called "Silverado Sketches", parts of which he incorporated into Silverado Squatters in 1883 while living in Bournemouth, England, with other tales appearing in "Essays of Travel" and "Across the Plains". Many of his notes on the scenery around him later provided much of the descriptive detail for Treasure Island (1883).The Robert Louis Stevenson State Park now encompasses the area where the Stevensons stayed. The entrance to the park is at the summit of State Route 29. A new trail has been constructed in recent years. The "Silverado Museum" in St. Helena, California, is dedicated to Stevenson.

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from Createspace Independent Pub (February 23, 2016)
9781530195909 | details & prices | 88 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.20 in. | List price $6.00
from Createspace Independent Pub (December 15, 2015)
9781522762362 | details & prices | 100 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.23 in. | List price $6.38
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Annotated edition from Createspace Independent Pub (October 2, 2015)
9781517620363 | details & prices | 96 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.22 in. | List price $5.99
About: The Silverado Squatters (1883) is Robert Louis Stevenson's travel memoir of his two-month honeymoon trip with Fanny Vandegrift (and her son Lloyd Osbourne) to Napa Valley, California, in 1880.
from Createspace Independent Pub (August 5, 2015)
9781515365846 | details & prices | 94 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.24 in. | List price $5.99
About: The scene of this little book is on a high mountain.
Large print edition from Createspace Independent Pub (January 28, 2015)
9781507762387 | details & prices | 158 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.36 in. | List price $9.99
About: The scene of this little book is on a high mountain.
from Createspace Independent Pub (October 10, 2014)
9781502744210 | details & prices | 64 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.15 in. | List price $9.99
from Createspace Independent Pub (May 1, 2014)
9781499295108 | details & prices | 64 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.15 in. | List price $6.99
from Createspace Independent Pub (August 3, 2013)
9781491266465 | details & prices | 104 pages | 7.44 × 9.69 × 0.24 in. | List price $9.99
About: The Silverado Squatters
from Createspace Independent Pub (September 11, 2012)
9781479286645 | details & prices | 118 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.27 in. | List price $7.00

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