Treasure Island Criticism

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The publication of Treasure Island marked the beginning of Stevenson's reputation as a writer worth reading. By the end of the nineteenth century, Stevenson enjoyed what William B. Jones Jr. refers to in the preface to Robert Louis Stevenson Reconsidered as the "heights of near idolatry." However, the public fervor and appreciation of Stevenson's life's work would both rise and fall. His contemporaries and fellow British authors, such as Virginia Woolf, often belittled his work, accusing Stevenson of not challenging himself with serious topics. Despite this, Jones writes, "Stevenson actually never lost his popularity with readers, as the countless editions and numerous film versions of Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde attest."

Despite many critical statements about the lack of depth of Stevenson's material, Ian Bell, writing in the preface to his book Dreams of Exile: Robert Louis Stevenson, states that nonetheless, Stevenson was...

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