Robert Louis Stevenson: "The Bottle Imp" (2031 words)

Context

“The Bottle Imp” is a short-story or more specifically, a tale Stevenson had intended as “the centre-piece of a volume of Märchen” (Letters 4: 168) entitled Island Nights’ Entertainments, which was also to include “The Isle of Voices”. The idea for the tale first came to Stevenson on his 5-month trip to Hawaii in 1889, and it is believed that he wrote the first draft there. He then polished it on his return to Samoa, between December 1889 and January 1890, and sent it to his editor Samuel McClure in November 1890. It was first serialised in the New York Herald from February to March 1891 and in England in Black and White, from March to April 1891.…

Citation: Gay, Julie. ""The Bottle Imp"". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 May 2020 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=39029, accessed 12 July 2020.]

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