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Tales of the South Seas
     

Tales of the South Seas

by Robert Louis Stevenson
 

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Driven to the South Seas by ill health, Stevenson could not close his eyes to the impact of colonialism, the ‘stirabout of epochs and races, barbarisms and civilisations, virtues and crimes’. Setting his imaginative writings within the social and political contexts of his letters and essays from the South Seas, reveals the deepening and broadening of

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Driven to the South Seas by ill health, Stevenson could not close his eyes to the impact of colonialism, the ‘stirabout of epochs and races, barbarisms and civilisations, virtues and crimes’. Setting his imaginative writings within the social and political contexts of his letters and essays from the South Seas, reveals the deepening and broadening of Stevenson’s genius and his growing awareness of and anger at white exploitation. It was a society in which his love of adventure, his awareness of the extremes of human nature, and his fascination with good and evil, could find full release.

Tales of the South Seas gathers together all of Stevenson’s South Sea fiction and a selection of prose and letters provides not only a vivid portrait of a colourful and exotic world, but also a full and rounded picture of a superb writer at the height of his powers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847675224
Publisher:
Canongate Books
Publication date:
07/01/2010
Series:
Canongate Classics , #72
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), a Scottish author of novels, poems, and essays, is best known for the classic books Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson remains popular for his celebrated contributions to the adventure and horror genres.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
November 13, 1850
Date of Death:
December 3, 1894
Place of Birth:
Edinburgh, Scotland
Place of Death:
Vailima, Samoa
Education:
Edinburgh University, 1875

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