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Robert Louis Stevenson and Joseph Conrad; writers of transition.


Robert Louis Stevenson and Joseph Conrad; writers of transition.

Ed. by Linda Dryden et al.

Texas Tech U. Press


273 pages




Editors Dryden (literature and culture, Edinburgh Napier U., UK), Arata (teaching, U. of Virginia) and Massie (British and American literature, U. of Oxford and Yale U.) have gathered these essays on the common themes expressed by writers Robert Louis Stevenson and Joseph Conrad by moving well beyond the obvious comparisons of their South Seas literature. Written for students and scholars of literature, this volume examines the convergence in the styles of the two authors by noting their familiarity with Victorian London, their fictions of duality and their similar views on human behavior. Other comparisons include the use of symbolic geography, class and sexuality as well as the psychoanalysis of pure evil in works such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Heart of Darkness.

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Date:Aug 1, 2009
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