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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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‘A kind of partnership business’: The Wrecker and The Ebb-Tide

‘A kind of partnership business’: The Wrecker and The Ebb-Tide

(p.150) Chapter 5 ‘A kind of partnership business’: The Wrecker and The Ebb-Tide
Robert Louis Stevenson and the Art of Collaboration

Audrey Murfin

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter considers the last two, and best known, Stevenson-Osbourne literary collaborations. After The Wrong Box, the pair went on to write The Wrecker (1892) together, but privately Stevenson emphasized Lloyd Osbourne’s subordinate role and expressed his growing frustration with the creative process. Finally, they undertook The Ebb-Tide (1894), but by then the process had failed. Stevenson’s growing dissatisfaction with the collaboration forms the argument of both The Wrecker and The Ebb-Tide. In particular, The Wrecker is a novel about partnerships and the compromises they require—of ethics, art, and self-interest, written at a moment when Stevenson himself was the most challenged by his own difficult partnership with Osbourne.

Keywords:   Robert Louis Stevenson, Lloyd Osbourne, Creative process, Literary collaboration, The Wrecker, The Ebb-Tide

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