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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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Disjecta Membra: Collaboration and the Body of the Text in The Wrong Box and The Master of Ballantrae

Disjecta Membra: Collaboration and the Body of the Text in The Wrong Box and The Master of Ballantrae

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(p.119) Chapter 4 Disjecta Membra: Collaboration and the Body of the Text in The Wrong Box and The Master of Ballantrae
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Robert Louis Stevenson and the Art of Collaboration
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Audrey Murfin

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474451987.003.0005

Stevenson’s most extensive and lengthy literary collaboration was with his stepson Lloyd Osbourne. Stevenson wrote the comic novel The Wrong Box with Osbourne in 1889. The Wrong Box is the only work for which we have extensive manuscript material showing the creative process that the partners used. While Stevenson and Osbourne were at work together on the The Wrong Box, Stevenson was simultaneously working alone on the much better received The Master of Ballantrae (1889). Thematically similar to The Wrong Box but tonally opposite, The Master of Ballantrae revisits the questions of family and morality posed by The Wrong Box and demonstrates the extent to which Stevenson’s collaborations, and his thoughts about those collaborations, inform even work purportedly not collaborative.

Keywords:   Robert Louis Stevenson, Lloyd Osbourne, Creative process, Literary collaboration, The Wrong Box, The Master of Ballantrae

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