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Robert Louis Stevenson : A Literary Life - William Gray

Robert Louis Stevenson

A Literary Life

Paperback Published: 12th March 2004
ISBN: 9780333984017
Number Of Pages: 190

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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.

'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)

Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction and Chronology The English Scene The French Connection Forever Scotland America In the South Seas Conclusion Notes Index

ISBN: 9780333984017
ISBN-10: 0333984013
Series: Literary Lives (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 190
Published: 12th March 2004
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1