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1st Edition

The Complete Personal Essays of Robert Louis Stevenson

Edited By

Trenton B. Olsen

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ISBN 9780367180485
May 19, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
446 Pages

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Book Description

With an engaging and distinctive style, Robert Louis Stevenson’s personal essays draw on his own experience and observations to explore a broad range of topics from illness and evolution to marriage and dreams, and from literal and literary travel to the behavior of children and the character of dogs. Stevenson examines beggars and university students, immigrants and engineers, invalids and nurses. Grappling with many of the cultural, aesthetic, and ethical questions of his time, he draws conclusions while resisting dogma. Stevenson’s personal essays are still widely considered classic models of the form, and in this volume, the Editor presents them alongside editorial introductions and notes in order to enrich the reader's experience.

Table of Contents



A Note on the Text

Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers (1881)

Memories and Portraits (1887)

Across the Plains with other Memories and Essays (1892)*[*Periodical Versions]

Uncollected Published Essays

Unpublished and early essays in reverse chronological order

Emendations List

Explanatory Notes

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Trenton B. Olsen completed his PhD in English Literature at the University of Minnesota and is Associate Professor of English at Brigham Young University–Idaho, USA.