Robert Louis Stevenson and the Pictorial Text: A Case Study in the Victorian Illustrated Novel

1st Edition

Richard J. Hill

Routledge
Published November 21, 2016
Reference - 220 Pages
ISBN 9781472414229 - CAT# Y254936
Series: Studies in Publishing History: Manuscript, Print, Digital

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Summary

Robert Louis Stevenson and the Pictorial Text explores the genesis, production and the critical appreciation of the illustrations to the fiction of Robert Louis Stevenson. Stevenson is one of the most copied and interpreted authors of the late nineteenth century, especially his novels Treasure Island and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. These interpretations began with the illustration of his texts in their early editions, often with Stevenson’s express consent, and this book traces Stevenson’s understanding and critical responses to the artists employed to illustrate his texts. In doing so, it attempts to position Stevenson as an important thinker and writer on the subject of illustrated literature, and on the marriage of literature and visual arts, at a moment preceding the dawn of cinema, and the rejection of such popular tropes by modernist writers of the early twentieth century.

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