"Selected Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson" by Robert Louis Stevenson

Selected Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Louis Stevenson, Ernest Mehew

Series:
Yale Nota Bene
Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
17 Aug 2001
ISBN:
9780300091243
Dimensions:
640 pages: 197 x 127 x 41mm
Illustrations:
illustrations

A collection of letters written by Robert Louis Stevenson throughout his remarkable life. Selected from the eight critically-acclaimed volumes of Stevenson's letters, the letters have been annotated and put in context by the editor, an authority on Stevenson's life and work.

Ernest Mehew is a retired English civil servant, who worked on the full edition of the letters for more than twenty-five years. He is a leading authority on Stevenson and in 1997 was awarded an honorary doctorate by Edinburgh University in recognition of his literary scholarship.

Listed among the Best Nonfiction of 1998 by The Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Every library, both public and academic, should have a copy."ÑChoice"Mehew has established himself as the best possible authority for undertaking this highly selective project. The volume reveals Stevenson in his own terms in a manageable form. Readers will gain an autobiographical insight into this engaging individual and his development as a writerÑand as one of the greatest letter-writers known. . . . The same generous annotations, informed commentary, precise scholarship, and eminently readable style that Mehew demonstrated in the eight-volume shines through this volume as well. Every library, both public and academic, should have a copy."ÑChoice

"The editing is superb. . . . The book is quite splendid and a marvelous read."ÑExpository Times

"As in the eight-volume version, Mehew's linking narrative and footnotes are a joy to read."ÑFinancial Times

"Ernest Mehew's selected edition of the letters is digested from his eight volumes of over 2,800 items. He is a shrewd and lucid editor who knows all there can be to know about his author's itineraries and domestic life."ÑKarl Miller, Guardian

"Jam-packed with wit, charm, descriptive power and pathos."ÑAndrew Motion, Independent on Sunday

"Mehew, who has spent more than 25 years on Stevenson's letters, knows the material like no-one else, and no-one could have made a better job of it. The resultÑbeautifully produced and astonishingly cheapÑis a literary landmark which will give pleasure to generations of readers."ÑClaire Harman, Independent on Sunday

"In this handsome volume, scrupulously edited by dedicated Stevenson scholar Mehew, offer a vivid self-portrait that no biography can match."ÑLibrary Journal

"The 317 letters in this handsome volume, scrupulously edited by dedicated Stevenson scholar Mehew, offer a vivid self-portrait [of Stevenson] that no biography can match. . . . StevensonÕs correspondences . . . radiate an energy that belies his abiding, debilitating physical frailty. . . . As lively a collection as could be imagined."ÑLibrary Journal

"This selection . . . shows [StevensonÕs] brilliance sparkling on every page. . . . The book is wonderfully abundant. Edited with exemplary thoroughness, and stitched together with a modest but helpful commentary. . . . An exhilarating read."ÑLibrary Journal

"The most enthralling and most reliable account of Stevenson's life that has ever been available in a single volume."ÑJeremy Treglown, Los Angeles Times Book Review (Listed among the Best Nonfiction of 1998)

"The most enthralling, and most reliable, account of StevensonÕs life that has ever been available in a single volumeÉThe letters are intensely alive, rich and comicalÉWhichever of StevensonÕs books readers like best, they will find something absorbing about it hereÉThere are telling glimpses of other writersÑJ. M. Barrie, Ford Madox Ford, Rider Haggard, Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, George Bernard ShawÉMehew has made his selection adroitly, as well as with formidable expertise." ÑJeremy Treglown, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"This selection of Stevenson's letters is a triumphant conclusion to the quarter-century's work put in by its editor, Ernest Mehew."ÑD.J. Taylor, Mail on Sunday

"This selection, which contains around 300 or the nearly 3000 that Ernest Mehew has already printed in his magnificent eight-volume edition shows [Stevenson's] brilliance sparkling on every page. . . . An exhilarating read."ÑAndrew Motion, Observer Review

"This selection . . . shows [StevensonÕs] brilliance sparkling on every page. . . . The book is wonderfully abundant. Edited with exemplary thoroughness, and stitched together with a modest but helpful commentary. . . . An exhilarating read."ÑAndrew Motion, The Observer Review

"If Yale University Press decide to boil down the eight volumes into Selected Letters, with linking narrative, we will at last have an accessible, but also properly researched, life of Stevenson."ÑHumphrey Carpenter, Sunday Times

"Stevenson lived to the full. Mehew's lifelong devotion to editing Stevenson has illuminated his subject brilliantly."ÑIan Campbell, The Scotsman

"His incomparable letters, which occupy eight volumes in the critical edition, are most conveniently available in Selected Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson."ÑEric Ormsby, New York Sun

 

"[The letters] make us acquainted, as nothing else can, with the complex, delightful, andÐrarest of qualitiesÐwholly admirable character that was R. I. S., as it pleased Stevenson to sign himself. Thanks to the efforts of Ernest Mehew, itÕs now possible to get the full flavor of StevensonÕs piquant letters in a single meaty volume . . . The results of his painstaking labors are to connect, at every step, the letters with the life, and to render appreciable that lifeÕs heft and irregular shape." ÑBen Downing