Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

A selective list of online literary criticism for the Victorian era Scottish novelist, story writer, poet, and playwright Robert Louis Stevenson, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources


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Introduction & Biography

"Robert Louis Stevenson." An encyclopedia-type introduction to Stevenson, from The Poetry Foundation.

"Robert Louis Stevenson." A brief introduction to Stevenson, from the Academy of American Poets.

"'Man is not truly one, but truly two': duality in Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde." Discovering Literature: Romantics and Victorians, from the British Library.

"Robert Louis Stevenson." Articles on Stevenson's techniques, themes, biography, and the Victorian background. The Victorian Web, ed. George Landow.

Massie, Eric. "Robert Louis Stevenson." The Literary Encyclopedia, 11 December 2002 [subscription service].

James, Henry. "The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson." Novelist Henry James reviews a selection of Stevenson's letters, published in 1900. Of double interest because James was a personal friend of Stevenson and because of James's choice to burn his own letters because of his wish for privacy. The North American Review 170, 581 (Jan. 1900) pp 61-77 [free at jstor].

Online exhibit for Robert Louis Stevenson editions and photos, Univ. of S. Carolina Library.

"Pirates, Pieces of Eight, and Pacific Nights." Teaching guide for the novels of Robert Louis Stevenson, from the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.

"R.L. Stevenson." Quite old criticism, in The Cambridge History of English and American Literature (1907-21).


Literary Criticism

Arata, Stephen D. "The sedulous ape: atavism, professionalism, and Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde." Orig. in Criticism, Spring 1995.

Colley, Ann C. "'Writing Towards Home': The Landscape of A Child's Garden of Verses." Colley considers the role of nostalgia as an organizing force for the imagination and memory in Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses. In Victorian Poetry 35, 3 (Fall 1997) [free at jstor].

Colley, Ann C. "Robert Louis Stevenson and the Idea of Recollection." Victorian Literature and Culture 25, 2 (1997) pp 203-23 [free at jstor].

Colley, Ann C. "Robert Louis Stevenson's South Seas Crossings." Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 48, 4 (Fall 2008) pp 871-84 [free at jstor].

Hustis, Harriet. "Hyding Nietzsche in Robert Louis Stevenson's Gothic of Philosophy." Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 49, 4 (Fall 2009) pp 993-1007 [free at jstor].

Zlosnik, Sue. "'Home is the sailor, home from sea': Robert Louis Stevenson and the End of Wandering." The Yearbook of English Studies 34, Nineteenth-Century Travel Writing (2004), pp 240-52 [free at jstor].


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