Patti Smith has opened up about her abiding love for the works of children's writer Robert Louis Stevenson, saying that she hopes to perform his poetry at a live event someday. Speaking during a poetry reading at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Smith said Stevenson was a major influence on her earlier years.
"I can't imagine my childhood without him. His poems were my companions, my friends," Smith said.
"I had pneumonia, I contracted TB, scarlet fever, every childhood disease. My two favorite books were [William Blake's] Songs of Innocence and Experience, and Stevenson's poems."
Smith added that she felt a kinship to Stevenson's through his poetry:
"All of these poems I read over and over as a child. They spoke to me. Robert Louis Stevenson was also a sickly child who knew what it was like to hear other children playing outside his window."
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