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Robert Louis Stevenson

A Literary Life

Palgrave Macmillan

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Part of the book series: Literary Lives (LL)

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. The English Scene

    • William Gray
    Pages 1-22
  3. The French Connection

    • William Gray
    Pages 23-48
  4. Forever Scotland

    • William Gray
    Pages 49-75
  5. America

    • William Gray
    Pages 76-109
  6. In the South Seas

    • William Gray
    Pages 110-161
  7. Conclusion

    • William Gray
    Pages 162-170
  8. Back Matter

    Pages 171-190

About this book

More than most writers, Robert Louis Stevenson requires a Literary Life. Fascination with Stevenson's life (the 'Stevenson biography' is almost a minor genre) has tended to eclipse his literary achievement. This study focuses on Stevenson's writing practice within the different geographical, cultural and political contexts that shaped it, from Scotland to the South Seas. Following Stevenson's own views on biography, the book is not structured primarily in terms of chronology, but is more a kind of literary geography than traditional literary history.

Keywords

  • America
  • biography
  • chronology
  • English
  • French
  • genre
  • history
  • history of literature
  • knowledge
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Scotland
  • structure
  • tradition
  • writing
  • British and Irish Literature

Reviews

'A new book... mapping the bohemian life of Robert Louis Stevenson looks at the cocaine-fuelled convalescence that produced Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and a whole lot more besides.' - Phil Hewitt - Chichester Observer

'Gray's close reading is meticulous and intelligent so there's a sense that we're engaging with the real texture of Stevenson's life and work.' - The Scotsman

'With admirable economy, Gray delineates Stevenson's engagements with different literary cultures and traditions - he is especially good on the fertilizing effects of French literature on Stevenson's imagination - and then lays out the varied fruits of those engagements: essays, poems, letters, travelogues, plays, and prose fiction' - Stephen Arata, Victorian Studies 48 (Spring 2006)

About the author

WILLIAM GRAY is Professor of Literary History and Hermeneutics at the University of Chichester, UK. He studied literature, philosophy and theology at the Universities of Oxford, Edinburgh and Princeton, and has published widely in these areas, including Death and Fantasy and books on C.S. Lewis and Robert Louis Stevenson.

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eBook USD 59.99
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  • ISBN: 978-0-230-51034-0
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 74.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)