Treasure Island

Matthew Bevis writes:

The intensity of Treasure Island’s feeling that things are only partially knowable, the sense it gives of a gaze which is both searching and perplexed, sets a tricky challenge for editors. John Sutherland’s excellent new edition is shaped by the literary detective work in which he specialises (one appendix includes sections on ‘When and Where Is Jim Writing?’, ‘Why Does Stevenson Not Hang Long John Silver?’, ‘How Old Is Jim?’ and ‘Who Owned the Parrot before Silver?’). Generous, engaging notes at the bottom of the page contain a wealth of information about monetary values, slang terms, the history of piracy, textual borrowings and revisions, and much besides.

(LRB 25 October 2012)

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