"The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson Volume 4;  October 1882-June 1884" by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson Volume 4; October 1882-June 1884 Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford A. Booth, Ernest Mehew

The Collected Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson
Publication date:
21 Nov 1994
Yale University Press
332 pages: 234 x 156 x 30mm
facsimiles, illustrations port.

Robert Louis Stevenson, long recognized as a master storyteller and essayist, was also one of the finest and most delightful of letter writers. This is one of a set of eight volumes containing his collected letters. The edition contains nearly 2800 letters. Volumes III and IV cover the period from August 1879 to June 1884. The 600 letters tell the full story of Stevenson's reckless journey to California as an "amateur emigrant", during which he gained a wife but wrecked his health. They describe his return to Europe and his futile search to improve his health in Scotland, Switzerland and France, and reveal interesting aspects of the writing of "Treasure Island", "Virginibus Puerisque" (his first volume of collected essays), and many poems later collected in "Underwoods" and in "A Child's Garden of Verses".

"The outstanding literary event of the centenary [of Stevenson's death] will be the publication of the first six (out of eight) volumes of the Yale University Press edition of the Letters."?Janet Adam Smith, New York Review of Books

"[Stevenson] was a delightful letter-writer, and [these volumes] are offering a handsome salute to this aspect of his literary achievement."?Ian McIntyre, The Times (London)

"[These volumes] are not of merely academic interest; they are, in a word, spell-binding, and no-one who responds to Stevenson will willingly miss them."?J.D.F. Jones, Financial Times

"These two volumes of his letters are restless with movement. . . . Wherever he goes, the letters take the reader too, hypnotically transforming places touched by the spirit of Stevenson. Their publication is as important as that of Boswell's journals; high praise indeed, and well merited."?Alan Taylor, The Scotsman

"The letters communicate the roller-coaster of [Stevenson's] hopes and fears with theatrical pace."?Jenni Calder, Scotland on Sunday

"Ernest Mehew's achievement in collating and reassembling these texts can hardly be overpraised."?Clair Harman, The Independent

"Booth and Mehew have done yeoman's work indeed. This is literary scholarship at its best, restoring key texts accurately and precisely, providing copious information and notes."?Frank Wilson, Knight-Ridder Newspapers