Autobiographical narrative by Stevenson, published in 1883. Written after the author's return to Europe (1882), it describes his trip, with his bride and his stepson Sam (Lloyd Osbourne), from San Francisco through the Napa Valley to Calistoga, and their sojourn (June–July 1880) in a shanty at the deserted mining town of Silver-ado, on Mt. St. Helena in central California. The book is notable for its character sketches of the Hansons, who were the Stevensons' only neighbors at Silverado; Mr. Kelmar, the shrewd, good-natured Jewish merchant who directed them there; and other people of the countryside; as well as for realistic descriptions of the picturesque scene of their mountain idyll.
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