Brian Doyle

Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland. He is the author of many books, most recently the novels The Plover (St. Martin’s Press, 2014) and Mink River (Oregon State University Press, 2010). His work has been reprinted in three Best American annuals—Essays, Science and Nature Writing, and Spiritual Writing. Among his other honors are a Catholic Book Award, three Pushcart Prizes, the John Burroughs Award for Nature Essays, the Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award in 2011, and a 2008 Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Brian Doyle on “Sam & Louis”: A Backstory

Robert Louis Stevenson’s sentences first came to me through the air, in my sister’s voice, when I was small and sleepy, and she was reading A Child’s Garden of Verses to me and my smaller brothers—curled in our beds upstairs in the old house, our sister singing the lucid chants of the poems gently, until […]

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Sam & Louis

On or about 12 April 1888, a gaunt Scottish man, recovering from a “sharp attack” of tuberculosis at Saranac Lake, in rural New York state, wrote to his favorite American author, then resident in Connecticut. “I shall be from Thursday next for about a week in the St. Stephen’s Hotel, East 11th Street, N.Y. (pray […]

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