This wide-ranging collection is the first to set Robert Louis Stevenson in detailed social, political and literary contexts.
The book takes account of both Stevenson's extraordinary thematic and generic diversity and his geographical range.
The chapters explore his relation to late nineteenth-century publishing, psychology, travel, the colonial world, and the emergence of modernism in prose and poetry.
Through the pivotal figure of Stevenson, the collection explores how literary publishing and cultural life changed across the second half of the nineteenth century.
Stevenson emerges as a complex writer, author both of hugely popular boys' stories and of seminally important adult novels, as well as the literary figure who debated with Henry James the theory of fiction and the nature of realism.
The collection shows how interest in the unconscious and changes in the conception of childhood demand that we re-evaluate our ideas of his writing. Individual essays by international experts trace Stevenson' literary contexts from Scotland to the South Pacific, and show him to be one of the key writers for understanding the growing sense of globalisation and cultural heterogeneity in the late nineteenth century.
Key Features * Sets Stevenson in his literary, scientific and political contexts * Covers a broad range of Stevenson's fiction and non-fiction * Written by a team of international scholars * Includes an authoritative introduction and select bibliography