Books: Fanny

OUR SAMOAN ADVENTURE (264 pp.)—Fanny and Robert Louis Stevenson—Harper ($4).

Teacher, tender comrade, wife, A fellow-farer true through life, Heart whole and soul free, The August Father gave to me.

At the summit of Mt. Vaea on Upolu in the Samoa Islands, these lines are inscribed on an unpretentious tomb. Set in another part of the monument are the more famous lines beginning

Under the wide and starry sky, Dig the grave and let me lie . . .

In this grave lies a man once hailed as a great writer, but currently out of fashion. Buried beside him is a...

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