Robert Louis Stevenson Reconsidered
New Critical Perspectives
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About the Book
Critical interest in Robert Louis Stevenson has never been greater. New editions of the author’s works—from the poems to the travel writing, from the Scottish novels to the South Seas tales—are appearing. During the year 2000, the sesquicentennial of RLS’s birth, three conferences were held in honor of the occasion and each entertained an international audience.
This collection of essays reflects the scope of Robert Louis Stevenson’s achievement and the range of current critical response. The first section contains four critical overviews that include an analysis of the Stevensonian imagination, an assessment of the author’s literary theory, an examination of the coded significance of burial and reanimation in Stevenson’s Wrong Box and other works, and an examination of the use of both Scottish and South Seas islands in his fiction.
The second section contains three essays that examine the many-faceted Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Other works—An Inland Voyage, A Child’s Garden of Verses, The Dynamiter, The Master of Ballantrae, and Prayers Written at Vailima—are the subjects of the six essays in the third section. Three essays on biography, popular culture, and personal response are in the fourth section.
About the Author(s)
Edited by William B. Jones, Jr.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: index
Copyright Date: 2003
Table of Contents
The Eyeball of the Dawn: Can We Trust Stevenson’s Imagination? 7
The Art of Writing and the Pleasure of Reading: Stevenson as Theorist and Popular Author 21
Reanimating Stevenson’s Corpus 37
Stevenson and Islands: Scotland and the South Pacific 68
APPROACHES TO DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE
Closer Than a Wife: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll’s Significant Other 85
The Hand of Hyde 101
Engineering Influences on Jekyll and Hyde 117
ESSAYS ON OTHER WORKS
The Damned Thing in Boards and a Ticket on Its Behind: An Inland Voyage 127
A World Made for Liars: Stevenson’s Dynamiter and the Death of the Real 140
Scottish Gothic: Robert Louis Stevenson, The Master of Ballantrae, and The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner 163
Writing Towards Home: The Landscape of A Child’s Garden of Verses 174
Helter-Skeltery: Stevenson and Theatre 192
Prayers at Sunset 209
BIOGRAPHY, POPULAR CULTURE, AND PERSONAL RESPONSE
The Squire and the Gamekeeper: RLS and Miss Adelaide Boodle 215
Forty-Eight Pages and Speech Balloons: Robert Louis Stevenson in Classics Illustrated 228
Discovering Mr. Stevenson: A Personal Chronicle 238