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A Friendship in Letters

J.M. Barrie and Robert Louis Stevenson

Michael Shaw

A Friendship in Letters by Michael Shaw

In A Friendship in Letters, Dr. Michael Shaw brings together correspondence between two of Scotland’s most famous writers for the first time.

Though they never met, Robert Louis Stevenson and J. M. Barrie developed a warm friendship, revealed in these amusing and gossipy letters, with vivid commentary on each other’s literary work. Until recently, Barrie’s side of the correspondence was presumed lost by his biographers. This epistolary volume reunites Barrie’s letters with Stevenson’s and contextualises them through an engaging introduction and a series of appendices, including a delightful short story by Barrie.

RRP: £11.99
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781913207021
Publication Date: 13/11/2020

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Michael Shaw
Michael Shaw is Lecturer in Scottish Literature at the University of Stirling. In 2015, he won the Ross Roy Medal for excellence in research in Scottish Literature. His first book...


‘This delightful book opens a fascinating window onto a brief but intense friendship.’

James Robertson

‘Interesting and accessible.’

Louise Welsh

‘Highly personal, completely revealing and, in parts, hilarious; this new collection of letters is both entertaining and illuminating.’

Dr Valentina Bold

‘This beautifully-produced volume sets out how a literary friendship can be formed in letters. By turns playful, analytic and poignant.’

Professor Penny Fielding

‘A sparkling epistolary relationship: a meeting of creative minds that is at once playful and serious, affectionate and daring.’

Dr Andrew Nash