Essays of Robert Louis Stevenson eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 193 pages of information about Essays of Robert Louis Stevenson.

[Note 1:  His name was originally Robert Lewis Balfour Stevenson.  He later dropped the “Balfour” and changed the spelling of “Lewis” to “Louis,” but the name was always pronounced “Lewis.”]


The following information is taken from Col.  Prideaux’s admirable Bibliography of Stevenson, London, 1903.  I have given the titles and dates of only the more important publications in book form; and of the critical works on Stevenson, I have included only a few of those that seem especially useful to the student and general reader.  The detailed facts about the separate publications of each essay included in the present volume are fully given in my notes.


1878.  An Inland Voyage. 1879.  Travels with a Donkey. 1881.  Virginibus Puerisque. 1882.  Familiar Studies of Men and Books. 1882.  New Arabian Nights. 1883.  Treasure Island. 1885.  Prince Otto. 1885.  A Child’s Garden of Verses. 1885.  More New Arabian Nights.  The Dynamiter. 1886.  Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. 1886.  Kidnapped. 1887.  The Merry Men. 1887.  Memories and Portraits. 1888.  The Black Arrow. 1889.  The Master of Ballantrae. (A few copies privately printed in
1889.  The Wrong Box. 1890.  Father Damien. 1892.  Across the Plains. 1892.  The Wrecker. 1893.  Island Nights’ Entertainments. 1893.  Catriona. 1894.  The Ebb Tide. 1895.  Vailima Letters. 1896.  Weir of Hermiston. 1898.  St. Ives. 1899.  Letters, Two Volumes.

NOTE.  The Edinburgh Edition of the works, in twenty-eight volumes, is often referred to by bibliographers; it can now be obtained only at second-hand bookshops, or at auction sales.  The best complete edition on the market is the Thistle Edition, in twenty-six volumes, including the Life and the Letters, published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York.


Life of Robert Louis Stevenson, by Graham Balfour. 1901.  Two Volumes. This is the standard Life, and indispensable.

Robert Louis Stevenson, by Henry James, in Partial Portraits, 1894. Admirable criticism.

Robert Louis Stevenson, by Walter Raleigh. 1895. An excellent appreciation of his character and work.

Robert Louis Stevenson:  Personal Memories, by Edmund Gosse, in Critical Kit-Kats, 1896. Entertaining gossip.

Stevenson’s Shrine, The Record of a Pilgrimage, by Laura Stubbs. 1903. Very interesting full-page illustrations.

(For further critical books and articles, which are numerous, consult Prideaux.)



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