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In the South Seas


A general discussion of Robert Louis Stevenson's encounters with Pacific island cultures, which traces Robert Louis Stevenson's changing plans for a major book to be titled In the South Seas growing from his voyages in the Pacific; his frustrations with the task he had set himself, the disagreements and interventions in his plans by Sidney Colvin and Fanny Stevenson, and the limitations of the volume of the same title, using mostly unrevised material, published posthumously in 1896. Hillier argues that the book should be seen as the "writer's notebook," "an informative fragment," and sees Stevenson as drawing from it in many other works, including A Footnote to History, The Beach at Falesa, and The Ebb-Tide.