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Robert Louis Stevenson reconsidered : new critical perspectives /
edited by William B. Jones, Jr.
imprint
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2003.
description
viii, 254 p.
ISBN
0786413999 (softcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2003.
isbn
0786413999 (softcover : alk. paper)
catalogue key
4788732
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
William B. Jones, Jr., lives in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is also the author of Classics Illustrated: A Cultural History, with Illustrations (2002). Jones is a contributor to The Robert Louis Stevenson Web Site. He has scripted a readers' theatre play based on Stevenson's writings, chaired the conference for which most of these essays were written, and served as a consultant for a documentary film on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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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.
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This collection of essays reflects the scope of Robert Louis Stevenson's achievement and the range of current critical response. Essays examine such works as 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde', 'An Inland Voyage', 'A Child's Garden of Verses' and 'The Master of Ballantrae'.
Main Description
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.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. 1
Critical Overviews
The Eyeball of the Dawn: Can We Trust Stevenson's Imagination?p. 7
The Art of Writing and the Pleasure of Reading: R.L. Stevenson as Theorist and Popular Authorp. 21
Reanimating Stevenson's Corpusp. 37
Stevenson and Islands: Scotland and the South Pacificp. 68
Approaches to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
"Closer Than a Wife": The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll's Significant Otherp. 85
The Hand of Hydep. 101
Engineering Influences on Jekyll and Hydep. 117
Essays on Other Works
"The Damned Thing in Boards and a Ticket on Its Behind": Stevenson's First Book, An Inland Voyagep. 127
A World Made for Liars: Stevenson's Dynamiter and the Death of the Realp. 140
Scottish Gothic: Robert Louis Stevenson, The Master of Ballantrae, and The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinnerp. 163
"Writing Towards Home": The Landscape of A Child's Garden of Versesp. 174
Helter-Skeltery: Stevenson and Theatrep. 192
Prayers at Sunsetp. 209
Biography, Popular Culture, and Personal Response
The Squire and the Gamekeeper: RLS and Miss Adelaide Boodlep. 215
Forty-Eight Pages and Speech Balloons: Robert Louis Stevenson in Classics Illustratedp. 228
Discovering Mr. Stevenson: A Personal Chroniclep. 238
Indexp. 247
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