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10 January 2018 | by James Ferguson

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Robert Louis Stevenson’s long journey from Edinburgh’s genteel Heriot Row to Vailima in distinctly ungenteel Samoa has long intrigued biographers and readers. Was the author of Treasure Island susceptible to the contemporary taste for noble savages, South Seas exoticism and desert island fantasies? Or did his ever-­precarious state of health push him towards the promise of a benignly tropical and restorative climate?


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