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The Proper Pirate: Robert Louis Stevenson's Quest for Identity

Jefferson A. Singer


The Proper Pirate: Robert Louis Stevenson’s Quest for Identity explores the nineteenth-century author Robert Louis Stevenson’s psychological journey from a constricted and religious family of Scottish engineers to a life of imagination and adventure that culminated in the South Seas island of Samoa. Drawing on contemporary theories of identity development, the author traces how Stevenson overcame Victorian dualities of piety versus passion in his personal life and artistic works, gradually edging toward a more modernist and complicated moral vision. This first full-length psychobiographical an ... More

Keywords: Robert Louis Stevenson, identity, life story, narrative, psychobiography, imagination, Victorian, South Seas, adventure, memory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199328543
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199328543.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jefferson A. Singer, author
Faulk Foundation Professor, Department of Psychology, Connecticut College