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Robert Louis Stevenson and the Art of Collaboration$
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Audrey Murfin

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474451987

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474451987.001.0001

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Collaboration and Marriage: The Dynamiter

Collaboration and Marriage: The Dynamiter

(p.53) Chapter 2 Collaboration and Marriage: The Dynamiter
Robert Louis Stevenson and the Art of Collaboration

Audrey Murfin

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter considers Stevenson’s acknowledged collaborations with his wife, Fanny, most substantially, their co-written work, The Dynamiter, also titled More New Arabian Nights (1885). Husband and wife collaborations create subtle problems, largely because we expect a wife to assist her husband without credit. The Dynamiter structurally draws upon The Thousand and One Nights, which themselves concern issues of narrative and marriage. The Dynamiter, a novel about Irish terrorism, was well regarded in the nineteenth century, but not so in the twentieth or twenty-first, precisely because recent critics have resented Fanny’s involvement. The chapter additionally considers Fanny and Louis’ collaborative play “The Hanging Judge” and the controversy surrounding Fanny’s short story “The Nixie.”

Keywords:   Robert Louis Stevenson, Fanny Stevenson, The Dynamiter, The Hanging Judge, The Nixie, Family life, The Thousand and One Nights, terrorism

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