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A list of key readings about Robert Louis Stevenson.
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  • Selected Essays, edited by H. G. Rawlinson (London: Oxford University Press, 1923).
  • Tales and Essays. edited by G. B. Stern (London: Falcon, 1950).
  • Essays of Travel (London: Chatto & Windus, 1905).
  • Essays in the Art of Writing.. (London: Chatto & Windus, 1905).
  • The Essays of Robert Louis Stevenson, edited by M. Elwin (London: Macdonald, 1950).
  • 'Essays.. edited by W. L. Phelps (New York: Scribners, 1906).
  • Essays and Criticisms (Boston: Turner, 1903).
  • Across the Plains, With Other Memories and Essays (London: Chatto & Windus, 1892; New York: Scribners, 1892).
  • Confessions of a Unionist: An Unpublished Talk on Things Current, Written in 1888, edited by F. V. Livingston (Cambridge, Mass.: Privately printed, 1921).
  • The Best Thing in Edinburgh: An Address to the Speculative Society of Edinburgh in March 1873, edited by K. D. Osbourne (San Francisco: Howell, 1923).
  • Memories and Portraits (London: Chatto & Windus, 1887; New York: Scribners, 1887).


  • The Works of R. L. Stevenson, Edinburgh Edition, 28 volumes, edited by Sidney Colvin (London: Chatto & Windus, 1894-1898).
  • The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Vailima Edition, 26 volumes, edited by Lloyd Osbourne and Fanny Van de Grift Stevenson (London: Heinemann, 1922-1923; New York: Scribners, 1922-1923).
  • The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Tusitala Edition, 35 volumes (London: Heinemann, 1924).
  • The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, South Seas Edition, 32 volumes (New York: Scribners, 1925).


  • Colvin, Sidney (ed.) (1895). Vailima Letters. London: Methuen.
  • Colvin, Sidney (ed.) (1899). Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson to His Family and Friends. London: Methuen. 4 vols.
  • Colvin, Sidney (ed.) (1911). The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson. London: Methuen. 4 vols.
  • Colvin, Sidney (ed.) (1924). Letters (ed. S. Colvin). vols. 31-5 of 'The Tusitala Edition'. London: Heinemann. 5 vols.
  • Smith, Janet Adam (ed.) (1948). Henry James and Robert Louis Stevenson. A Record of their Friendship and Criticism. London: Rupert Hart-David.
  • Ferguson, John De Lancey & Marshall Waingrow (eds.) (1956). RLS: Stevenson's Letters to Charles Baxter. New Haven: Yale UP. Repr. Port Washington: Kennikart Press (1973).
  • Demoor, Marysa (ed.) (1990). Dear Stevenson: Letters from Andrew Lang to Robert Louis Stevenson with Five Letters from Stevenson to Lang. Andrew Lang-RLS correspondence]. (ed.). Leuven: Peeters (1990). [Introduction 29 pp.]
  • Booth, B.A. & E. Mehew (eds.) (1994-5). The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson. New Haven/London: Yale University Press. 8 vols.
  • Mehew E. (ed.) (1997). Selected Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson. New Haven/London: Yale University Press.
  • Letters to Henry James from Robert Louis Stevenson. Online at SUNY at New Paltz, USA
  • Letter to W E Henley at The National Library of Scotland.

Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson: published in 8 volumes by Yale University Press, edited by Ernest Merihew and BA Booth

volume 1, 1854 to April 1874. ISBN 0300051832
volume 2, April 1874 to July 1879. ISBN 0300060211
volume 3, August 1879 to October 1882. ISBN 0300061870
volume 4, October 1882 to June 1884. ISBN 0300061889
volume 5, July 1884 to August 1887. ISBN 0300061900
volume 6, August 1887 to September 1890. ISBN 0300061919
volume 7, September 1890 to December 1892. ISBN 0300062133
volume 8, January 1893 to December 1894. ISBN 0300062141


Online at the World Wide School site


  • Treasure Island (London: Cassell, 1883; Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1884). first serialized in Young Folks 1881-82. Online text at Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library. This adventure of pirates and buried treasure was the first of Stevenson's works for children, ("it was to be a story for boys; no need of psychology or fine writing") and it introduced one of fiction's best known characters - the pirate 'Long John Silver' who was modelled in part on Stevenson's friend W. E. Henley
"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest
Yo-ho-ho, and the bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil had done for the rest
Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!

('Dead Man's Chest' is a Caribbean island said to have been a rendezvous for buccaneers and smugglers).

Wordsworth Editions Ltd; New Ed edition (1 Jan 1993) ISBN 1853261033 see also Stevenson's essay "My First Book: 'Treasure Island' (Project Gutenberg Etext)

"It was on the moral

side, and in my own person, that I learned to recognise the thorough and primitive duality of man; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was

radically both;"

  • Kidnapped (London: Cassell, 1886; New York: Scribners, 1886). Online text at Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library. first edition online from the National Library of Scotland. This short novel rapidly became a bestseller; 40,000 copies of the British edition were sold in the first six months.
  • The Master of Ballantrae: A Winter's Tale (London: Cassell, 1889; New York: Scribners, 1889).see also Stevenson's essay The genesis of 'The Master of Ballantrae' and the Preface to 'The Master of Ballantrae' (Project Gutenberg Etext)Penguin Classics; New edition (25 Jul 1996) ISBN 0140434461
  • The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses (London: Cassell, 1888; New York: Scribners, 1888). 1st World Library - Literary Society (1 Sep 2004) ISBN 1595405119 It was first published as a serial in 1883, under the pseudonymn Captain George Northwith the subtitle "A Tale of Tunstall Forest" beginning in Young Folks; A Boys' and Girls' Paper of Instructive and Entertaining Literature, vol. XXII, no. 656 (Saturday, June 30, 1883) and ending in the issue for Saturday, October 20, 1883. See Project Gutenberg etext of volume one of Stevenson's correspondence in which he speaks of The Black Arrow as "tushery"], and Project Gutenberg etext of volume two Stevenson's correspondence in which he discusses The Black Arrow
  • The Wrong Box (London: Longmans, Green, 1889; New York: Scribners, 1889). (with Lloyd Osbourne).Online at Project Gutenberg. The film of the book was made in 1966 by Salamander Film Productions and distributed by Columbia Pictures, produced and directed by Bryan Forbes from a screenplay by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove, with a cast that included John Mills, Ralph Richardson, Michael Caine, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Peter Sellers, Irene Handl and Tony Hancock.
  • The Wrecker (London: Cassell, 1892; New York: Scribners, 1892). (1892) (with Lloyd Osbourne). Online text at Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library
  • Catriona: A Sequel to Kidnapped(1893), also known as David Balfour, (London: Cassell, 1893; New York: Scribners, 1893). Online text at Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library. 1st World Library Ltd (12 Oct 2005) ISBN 1421808536
  • *The Ebb-Tide: A Trio and a Quartette, (Chicago: Stone & Kimball, 1894; London: Heinemann, 1894). (with Lloyd Osbourne).
  • St. Ives: Being the Adventures of a French Prisoner in England (New York: Scribners, 1897; London: Heinemann, 1898). Unfinished, the novel was completed by Arthur Quiller-Couch.Online at The Classic Literature Library
  • Weir of Hermiston: An Unfinished Romance (London: Chatto & Windus, 1896; New York: Scribners, 1896).
  • Prince Otto: A Romance (London: Chatto & Windus, 1885; Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1886). Online at bibliomania. This novel is a fantasy set in the imaginary state of Grünewald.

Short stories

  • Fables published in New York by Longmans, Green in 1902. Previously, the thirteen fables had been published with other works. Available online from the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
  • New Arabian Nights (2 volumes, London: Chatto & Windus, 1882; 1 volume, New York: Holt, 1882).
  • More New Arabian Nights: The Dynamiter, by Stevenson and Fanny Van de Grift Stevenson (London: Longmans, Green, 1885; New York: Holt, 1885). Online at Project Gutenberg
  • Island Nights' Entertainments: Consisting of The Beach of Falesá, The Bottle Imp, The Isle of Voices (London: Cassell, 1893; New York: Scribners, 1893).
  • A Newly Discovered Long Story "An Old Song" and a Previously Unpublished Short Story "Edifying Letters of the Rutherford Family, edited by Roger G. Swearingen (Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, 1982; Paisley, Scotland: Wilfion, 1982).
  • The Merry Men and Other Tales and Fables (London: Chatto & Windus, 1887; New York: Scribners, 1887). Online at Project Gutenberg
  • The Story of a Lie and Other Tales (Boston: Turner, 1904).
  • The Misadventures of John Nicholson: A Christmas Story (New York: Lovell, 1887).
  • Thrawn Janet on bibliomania
  • The Body-Snatcher (New York: Merriam, 1895).
  • Will o' the Mill on bibliomania
  • [bibliomania Markheim] on bibliomania

Other works

  • Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers (London: Kegan Paul, 1881; New York: Collier, 1881).
  • Familiar Studies of Men and Books (London: Chatto & Windus, 1882; New York: Dodd, Mead, 1887). Dedicated "To Thomas Stevenson, civil engineer, by whose devices the great sea lights in every quarter of the world now shine more brightly, this volume is in love and gratitude dedicated by his son the author."
  • Some College Memories (Edinburgh: University Union Committee, 1886; New York: Mansfield & Wessels, 1899).
  • Vailima Letters (1895)
  • The New Lighthouse on the Dhu Heartach Rock, Argyllshire (1995). Based on an 1872 manuscript edited by R. G. Swearingen. California. Silverado Museum.
  • Father Damien: An Open Letter to the Reverend Dr. Hyde of Honolulu (London: Chatto & Windus, 1890; Portland, Maine: Mosher, 1897).
  • Prayers Written at Vailima, With an Introduction by Mrs. Stevenson (New York: Scribners, 1904; London: Chatto & Windus, 1905).


"The child that is not clean and neat,
With lots of toys and things to eat,
He is a naughty child, I’m sure—
Or else his dear papa is poor."

From 'System'

  • Underwoods (London: Chatto & Windus, 1887; New York: Scribners, 1887). A collection of poems in English and Scots. Online at
"FAR ’yont amang the years to be
When a’ we think, an’ a’ we see,
An’ a’ we luve, ’s been dung ajee
By time’s rouch shouther,
An’ what was richt and wrang for me
Lies mangled throu’ther"

From 'The Maker to Posterity'

  • Songs of Travel and Other Verses (London: Chatto & Windus, 1896). Hypertext Meanings from the Encyclopedia of the Self at Mark Zimmerman’s Self Knowledge site
"Wealth I ask not, hope nor love
Nor a friend to know me;
All I ask, the heaven above
And the road below me."
  • Ballads (London: Chatto & Windus, 1890; New York: Scribners, 1890).
  • Poems Hitherto Unpublished, edited by G. S. Hellman, 2 volumes (Boston: Bibliophile Society, 1916).
  • New Poems and Variant Readings (London: Chatto & Windus, 1918).

Travel writing

  • Edingburgh Picturesque Notes (Free Public Domain Books from the Classic Literature Library) (Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes, with Etchings; London: Seeley, Jackson & Halliday, 1879; New York: Macmillan, 1889)
  • An Inland Voyage (London: Kegan Paul, 1878; Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1883).
  • Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (London: Kegan Paul, 1879; Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1879). Online at Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library
  • The Silverado Squatters (London: Chatto & Windus, 1883; New York: Munro, 1884). Online at Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library
  • Across the Plains (written 1879–80, published 1892). Online at Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library

"The Chinese are considered stupid, because they are imperfectly acquainted with English. They are held to be base, because their dexterity and frugality enable them to underbid the lazy, luxurious Caucasian. They are said to be thieves; I am sure they have no monopoly of that. They are called cruel; the Anglo-Saxon and the cheerful Irishman may each reflect before he bears the accusation. I am told, again, that they are of the race of river pirates, and belong to the most despised and dangerous class in the Celestial Empire. But if this be so, what remarkable pirates have we here! and what must be the virtues, the industry, the education, and the intelligence of their superiors at home!"

  • The Amateur Emigrant from the Clyde to Sandy Hook (Chicago: Stone & Kimball, 1895; New York: Scribners, 1899).
  • A Mountain Town in France: A Fragment (New York & London: Lane, 1896). Online at Accueil
  • The Amateur Emigrant with Some First Impressions of America, edited by Roger G. Swearingen, 2 volumes (Ashland, Oreg.: Osborne, 1976-1977).
  • Essays of Travel Online at Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library

Non-fiction works on the Pacific

  • In the South Seas (New York: Scribners, 1896; London: Chatto & Windus, 1900).
  • A Footnote to History: Eight Years of Trouble in Samoa (London: Cassell, 1892; New York: Scribners, 1892).