The New Edinburgh Edition of the Collected Works of Robert Louis Stevenson

About the Edition

The New Edinburgh Edition of the Collected Works of Robert Louis Stevenson

Series Editors: Stephen D. Arata, Richard Dury, Penny Fielding and Anthony Mandal

Robert Louis Stevenson is recognised as one of the most important writers of the 19th century, covering an extraordinary breadth of genres, including stories, essays, travel-writing, the historical romance and the modernist novel.  This new, groundbreaking complete edition of 39 volumes will allow readers to understand for the first time the development of Stevenson’s work, his collaborations, his relations with publishers and his place in the literary history of his period.  Disentangling Stevenson’s writing from the changes made by his first editor, Sidney Colvin, the New Edinburgh Edition will provide completely fresh, authoritative texts of each of his works.

The New Edinburgh Edition presents new, annotated texts of Stevenson’s most popular works, such as Treasure Island and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and brings back into print some of his lesser-known writing. Each volume considers the various states in which Stevenson’s texts appeared, from magazine publication to final editions, allowing readers to discover what Stevenson wrote, and how this hugely popular writer responded to the burgeoning literary market of the late nineteenth century. The project began in 2009 and is due to conclude in 2020, with the first wave of volumes appearing 2011–13.

Key Features

  • The first modern scholarly edition of Stevenson’s complete writing, authoritative texts and full explanatory notes
  • Attractive, readable volumes including original illustrations
  • Texts are based on full-collation manuscripts and all the states of publication, and include authoritative textual apparatus
  • The edition will be available both as printed volumes and an electronic edition, showing the different stages of the texts’ development
  • Introductions explain for the first time the composition, context and publication history of the volumes

Written by Anthony Mandal

14/07/2010 at 3:30 am

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