Robert Louis Stevenson: Life, Literature and the Silver Screen

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Robert Louis Stevenson's cinematic legacy is studied in-depth here, with a look at his life and his body of work. From The Sire De Maletroit's Door (1877) to St. Ives (1896), each adapted story and all relevant film versions are examined, including exhaustive analyses of the 1931 adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and the 1945 version of The Body Snatcher. A discussion of the process of adapting literature for the movies, demonstrating how Stevenson's stories have been misrepresented for more than 80 years, is...

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Overview

Robert Louis Stevenson's cinematic legacy is studied in-depth here, with a look at his life and his body of work. From The Sire De Maletroit's Door (1877) to St. Ives (1896), each adapted story and all relevant film versions are examined, including exhaustive analyses of the 1931 adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and the 1945 version of The Body Snatcher. A discussion of the process of adapting literature for the movies, demonstrating how Stevenson's stories have been misrepresented for more than 80 years, is also provided.

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Studies Robert Louis Stevenson's cinematic legacy, with a look at his life and his body of work. Examines adapted stories and all relevant film versions, including analyses of the 1931 adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the 1945 version of The Body Snatcher. Discusses the process of adapting literature for the movies, and demonstrates how Stevenson's stories have been misrepresented for the past 80 years. Includes numerous b&w photos from the author's life and from films. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786467129
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/30/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Allen Nollen was educated in film and history at the University of Iowa. He has written and edited more than 40 books on the history of film, literature and music.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Uncharted Waters 1
1 The Word Versus the Image: Fiction into Film 5
2 Teller of Tales: Robert Louis Stevenson 9
3 A Window Opened to a Different View: The Art of RLS 38
4 A Little Piece of Ingenuity: "The Sire de Maletroit's Door" 48
5 Bound Together by a Formidable Oath: "The Suicide Club" 55
6 Dead Mariners and Sea Disasters: "The Pavilion on the Links" 64
7 The Lions and the Lambs: "The Body-Snatcher" 68
8 There's a Breeze Coming, Jim: Treasure Island 83
9 Like Figures in a Dream: The Silverado Squatters 120
10 Temperate Nature: "The Treasure of Franchard" 130
11 Foremost in the Ranks of War: The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses 138
12 The War in the Members: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 155
13 Into the Highlands: Kidnapped and Catriona 227
14 The Twa Corbies: The Master of Ballantrae 281
15 Judicious Levity: The Wrong Box 298
16 The Commonplace Ghosts of Sailormen: The Ebb-Tide: A Trio and Quartette 309
17 No Bagatelle: St. Ives 325
18 Dr. Jekyll's Potion: A Conclusion 338
Appendices 349
Glossary 427
Notes 429
Bibliography 441
Index 449
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