Robert Louis Stevenson, The Isle of Voices

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“The Isle of Voices” is a short-story and, more specifically, a tale Stevenson had intended to publish in “a volume of Märchen” (Letters 4: 168) entitled Island Nights’ Entertainments, the “centre-piece” (Letters 4: 168) of which was to be another tale in the same vein, “The Bottle Imp”. Both tales are likely to have been inspired by Stevenson’s five-month stay in Hawaii in 1889 and subsequently written upon his return to Vailima, his Samoan home and the place where he eventually settled with his family. Although Stevenson does not seem to have regarded “The Isle of Voices” as highly as “The Bottle Imp”, he was convinced it would fit very well within the collection: “Of course, [‘The Isle of Voices’ and ‘The Waif-Woman’ (see note 1] are not up to the…

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Citation: Gay, Julie. "The Isle of Voices". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 May 2020 [, accessed 06 December 2023.]

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