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- DescriptionThe publication of Volumes VII and VIII completes this major edition of the letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, an edition comprising 2,800 letters, almost two-thirds of which have never been in print before. These volumes contain some 560 letters that provide a vivid picture of the last four years of Stevenson's life, from 1890 to 1894. Stevenson spent these years in Samoa, where he had gone to improve his health. We learn a great deal about Stevenson's exile in Samoa: the early pioneering days during the establishment of the Vailima Plantation; his life as the head of a large household composed of his wife, Fanny, her two children, his mother, native house servants, and estate workers; his hospitality to native Samoan chiefs and to many white visitors; his passionate involvement in local politics; and his literary work--including David Balfour, the sequel to Kidnapped, and Weir of Hermiston, a masterpiece that he died before completing. Ernest Mehew's detailed antation elucidates the complications of the Samoan background and provides all the information necessary to enjoy Stevenson's letters to the full.
- Author BiographyBradford A. Booth, who was professor of English at the University of California at Los Angeles and who died in 1968, originated this project. Ernest Mehew, a retired English civil servant who has worked on this edition for more than twenty-five years, is widely recognized as the leading authority on Stevenson's life and work.
- Author(s)Robert Louis Stevenson
- PublisherYale University Press
- Date of Publication14/09/1995
- SubjectAutobiography: Literary
- Series TitleThe Collected Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson
- Place of PublicationNew Haven
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintYale University Press
- Content Notenotes
- Weight860 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine39 mm
- Volume editorBradford A. Booth,Ernest Mehew
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