Essays I: Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers

Essays I: Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers


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These essays, written from 1874 to 1880, established 'R.L.S.' as one of the prominent young writers of his time, a provocative and philosophically inclined bohemian playfully offering advice to his post-Darwinian generation about how to find contentment in a society of rigid bourgeois demands. In this first ever scholarly edition, the 1881 text is followed by extensive explanatory notes and the story of the composition and reception of each essay. The volume opens with a full listing of all Stevenson's essays followed by a substantial introductory discussion of Stevenson's career as essayist, the characteristics and literary contexts of his essays, and the critical and popular reception of his essays from the 1870s to the present day. The volume Introduction proper then presents the publication history of Virginibus Puerisque, the reception of the book and notable characteristics of the collection taken as a whole: its style and shape, and the aesthetic and ethical vision it presents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780748643844
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Series: New Edinburgh Edition of the Collected Works of Robert Lewis Stevenson Series
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Robert-Louis Abrahamson is Collegiate Professor of English for the University of Maryland University College's European Division.

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