‘Prince Otto’ by Robert Louis Stevenson, edited by Robert P. Irvine

Prince Otto is an interesting (and happy) choice as the first volume to appear in the New Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson. Everyone will recognise that it is not one of Stevenson’s best known works, but it is a remarkably interesting work and a splendid example of what Stevenson could do even […]

Expanding Horizons: To California with Robert Louis Stevenson

[…] dust with his red fathers (223). It is almost as if his experience of the vastness of America has fostered in Stevenson a breadth of perspective and a humane acuity of insight. James was right: ‘the great note is the heroic mixture – the thing he saw, morally as well as imaginatively’.9 Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Louis Stevenson

Remembering RLS: Stevenson & Cultural Memory

Robert Louis Stevenson died on the veranda of his home, Vailima, Samoa, on 3 December 1894.1 On the centenary of his death the house became the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. During his final years, Stevenson had become known in that part of the world as ‘Tusitala’ (Samoan: ‘Writer of Tales’), and the locals saw fit […]

Special Publication: The Robert Louis Stevenson Website

The Robert Louis Stevenson Website, a project funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, will be a freely available online resource dedicated to the life and works of Robert Louis Stevenson (RLS). The site will make Stevenson’s texts and information about his life and works available worldwide, appealing to students, scholars and enthusiasts. […]

Robert Louis Stevenson and the Art of Collaboration’, by Audrey Murfin

In this era of ‘team spirit,’ corporate production, and public engagement, a collaborative text might seem a norm, even an inevitability. For Robert Louis Stevenson, however, standing squarely in the conceptual era of ‘authority,’ shared projects often have translated into critical malaise. If ‘the author’ as authority died the death of theorisation in the twentieth century, […]

“It’s an unco place, the Bass”: A Scottish EcoGothic interrogation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘The Tale of Tod Lapraik’

[…] Scottish EcoGothic sees the past as the feared, or whether it is the inverse. An exemplar of Scottish EcoGothic anxiety can be found in the work of Robert Louis Stevenson. Stevenson offered much to his contemporaries regarding the state of Scot-Celtic cultural identity and the natural landscape of Scotland. Though known for his seminal Strange Case […]

Robert Louis Stevenson is Celebrated at Edinburgh Napier University

[…] the Universities of Scotland awarded Professor Linda Dryden, Director of Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre for Literature and Writing, a grant of £34,500 to develop a website for Robert Louis Stevenson (RLS) in collaboration with the Universities of Stirling and Edinburgh. The team appointed a Research Assistant for the website, Dr Hilary Grimes, and a web designer, […]

Free Booklet! Podcasts! ‘Strange Tales: Three Uncanny Stories’ by Robert Louis Stevenson

To mark  Robert Louis Stevenson Day 2013, the Association for Scottish Literary Studies presents three uncanny stories by Robert Louis Stevenson: ‘Thrawn Janet’, ‘The Tale of Tod Lapraik’, and ‘The Bottle Imp’. These eerie tales of witches, warlocks, and demonic pacts are outstanding examples of the storyteller’s art. The booklet includes a new Introduction by Jeremy […]

The New Edinburgh Edition of the Collected Works of Robert Louis Stevenson

[…] also very much a community endeavour: it involves collaboration between editors, research assistants, postgraduates, volunteers, and Scottish institutions with the aim of promoting and serving one of Scotland’s greatest writers, now increasingly appreciated. The New Edinburgh Edition of the Collected Works of Robert Louis Stevenson The New Edinburgh Edition of the Collected Works of Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson’ by David Robb

It would be difficult to deny Robert Louis Stevenson’s status as a classic author. His reputation as such, however, relies primarily on his most famous works, such as The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Treasure Island, and Kidnapped. The fact that some of his best-known fictional texts have been labeled children’s literature has […]

‘[N]ewspaper like in style, and not worthy of R.L.S.’: Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘The Amateur Emigrant’

Stevenson’s friends and family were united in their hostility to The Amateur Emigrant, his account of transatlantic and transcontinental ‘slumming’. His father found it so offensive that it was withdrawn from publication at proof stage, in 1880; the first part of the work was never published in Stevenson’s lifetime. The work was published in […]

Talking about a Revolution? The 1968 Italian TV adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘The Black Arrow’

[…] by Giorgio Albertazzi. La freccia nera (2006), directed by Fabrizio Costa. The series can be viewed on the Mediaset website. Masolino d’Amico, “Introduzione”, Robert Louis Stevenson, La freccia nera, Torino: Einaudi, 2006, p. XXII. My translation. Mario Gerosa, Anton Giulio Majano. Il regista di due mondi (Alessandria: Edizioni Falsopiano, 2016) p. 129. […]

We’re All Henry Jekyll’s Bairns: Robert Louis Stevenson’s Enduring Influence on Scottish Literature

[…] great importance on this idea or not, the idea that Scotland’s writing has such a duality at its heart is one that endures. Perhaps this is why Robert Louis Stevenson’s literature continues to influence fellow Scottish writers in particular. What could be described as ‘Stevenson’s Antisyzygy’, the importance of having ‘duelling polarities’ within his novels, seems […]

‘Kidnapped’ by Robert Louis Stevenson, edited by Ian Duncan

[…] But an introductory essay cannot cover everything and this one is remarkably and enjoyably full, a little masterpiece of concision that will reward those coming to the novel for the first time, and those for whom it is an old friend. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, edited by Ian Duncan is published by Oxford University Press, 2014.

Cloaking and Hiding: Dressing up in Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘The Master of Ballantrae’

[…] to the soul, while Ralph Waldo Emerson argued that the fetish can be a figure of speech for anything revered and given an overlay of decorum.3 In Stevenson’s The Master of Ballantrae, the process of mythologizing the title character as a Scottish antihero depends upon a series of dramatic costume changes. James Durie, also known […]

Spells of Silence: or, How (Not) to Have a Conversation in the Supernatural World

[…] Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns and Fairies, written in 1691 (according to Walter Scott’s Demonology and Witchcraft, of 1830) and whose 1893 edition Andrew Lang dedicated to Robert Louis Stevenson. As is well-known, thanks to Scott’s narration, Kirk may still be in Elfland, because a relation failed to recall him by throwing a dirk over his […]

Stevenson on Style

[…] composed story, philosophical, graceful, and embedded with meaning, much of it obscure and beyond rational understanding. It is not simply the sinuous beauty of sentences but the entire manner of a piece of writing. Style is art. ‘Essays in the Art of Writing’ by Robert Louis Stevenson ‘Essays in the Art of Writing’ by Robert Louis Stevenson

That Crafty Artifice: Stevenson’s Brownies and the Writing Process

In ‘A Chapter on Dream’1 Robert Louis Stevenson describes a creative process informed by dreams and possibly by other, more mysterious forces. If we are to accept Stevenson’s self-reflexive examination of methodology as sincere and not as some ironical stance or whimsical apologia, which, as Henry James notes in ‘The Art of Fiction’ was all-too-common at […]

The Devil in Scotland

[…] religious struggles of the seventeenth century do most to project an ambiguous or glamorous Satanic ‘other’. We find fairly precisely an echo of the Satanic Cavalier/Jacobite in Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Master of Ballantrae (1888) where James Durisdeer, inveterate adventurer goes off to support Charles Edward Stuart in 1745 after ‘winning’ the toss of a coin so that […]

Stevenson’s Shifting Viewpoint

In a perceptive essay published in 1911 Vernon Lee (Violet Paget) refers to the changes in tense in Stevenson: they are, she says, ‘dimensional movements in time, and their variety and intricacy enlarges it, as variety and movement in space enables us to feel an object as cubic’.1 This interesting observation captures an important […]

The John Gau of Malmö Prize: ‘Superstition, Science, and Sin in Nineteenth-Century Scottish Literature’

[…] depictions of Scottish life, the nineteenth-century Gothic genre told tales of religion, superstition, and duality heavily influenced by Enlightenment ideas. In the works of James Hogg and Robert Louis Stevenson, recurring themes of religion and superstition appear that act as a window for reflection upon a not-so-distant past. This essay aims to explore the attitudes surrounding […]

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