In the South Seas records Stevenson's travels with his wife, Fanny, and their family in the Marquesas, the Paumotus, and the Gilbert Islands during 1888-89. Originally drafted in journal form while Stevenson traveled, it was then ambitiously rewritten to describe the islands and islanders as well as Stevenson's own personal experiences. These revisions continued when Stevenson settled on the Samoan island where he died in 1894, and In the South Seas was published posthumously in 1896. Its combination of personal anecdote and historical account, of autobiography and anthropology, of Stevenson and South Sea Islands, makes this "a classic of Pacific travel, the work of the best British travel writer to see the South Seas" (Neil Rennie in her Introduction).
A record of Stevenson's journeys with his wife and family through the Marquesas, the Paumotos (now the Society Islands) and the Gilbert Islands in 1888-89. Combining personal anecdote, autobiography and anthropology, his account has a particular charm and confirms Stevenson's reputation not only as the author of romantic adventure stories but also as a serious travel writer. Published posthumously on Samoa in 1896. (Kirkus UK)