Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)


More about Robert Louis Stevenson here: http://www.robert-louis-stevenson.org/
Also, Menikoff's Narrating Scotland: The Imagination of Robert Louis Stevenson (2005) is an interesting read.

RLS : careful documentary research, eyewitness account and contemporary source material, the entwining of history and culture, Scottish history, English/Scottish relations, had historical and legal training, language and dialect.

RLS began writing a history of Scotland from the Union to the present in the 1880s. He managed to get a nomination as a candidate for the chair in constitutional law and history for himself but did not get the post despite good recommendations.
 
A Selection of Historical (Fiction) works:

Kidnapped (1886)
Catriona (USA title David Balfour) (1893) sequel to Kidnapped

The Black Arrow: A Tale of Two Roses (1888) - I find this text really interesting, its atypical of historical fiction of the time but we do see instead themes common to Stevenson's work: treachery, trust, duplicity, ideas about the self, a preoccupation with male relationships and father figures, a blurring of the line between 'right' and 'wrong' , 'good' and 'bad'. 

The Master of Ballantrae - A Winter's Tale (1889)

A Footnote to History: Eight Years of Trouble in Samoa (1892)

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