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The Amateur Emigrant, by Robert Louis Stevenson - The New Edinburgh Edition of the Collected Works of Robert Louis Stevenson (Hardback)Julia Reid (editor)
Hardback 268 Pages / Published: 31/03/2018
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Definitive modern edition of Stevenson's intriguing account of his emigration from Scotland to California'The Amateur Emigrant', an autobiographical account of Stevenson's voyage from Scotland to California in 1879, is a rich and provocative work of late-Victorian travel writing and cultural criticism. It describes vividly how Stevenson mixed with 'steerage' passengers aboard an Atlantic steamship and experienced the indignities of a transcontinental emigrant train. 'The Amateur Emigrant' engages critically with Victorian ideas about class, race, and gender, and makes an important contribution to the literature of emigration. Stevenson's middle-class family and friends found the work so transgressive that it was withdrawn from publication at proof stage. It was published in bowdlerized form in 1895 and since then has rarely been available in the form in which Stevenson composed it.Key FeaturesUses the original manuscript as copy text, making available the work as Stevenson originally composed itScholarly introduction situates The Amateur Emigrant in relation to important biographical, critical, historical, social, and generic contexts, and offers a summary of key critical responsesProvides full textual apparatus including variant readings from hitherto unavailable 1880 proofs, textual essay, explanatory notes, and chronologyExciting new visual material including scans of the manuscript and proofs and a map of Stevenson's journey
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Number of pages: 268
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
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