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The Wrong Box By Robert Louis Stevenson

The Wrong Box
by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Written in 1889, this is one of Stevenson's strangest works, a black comedy which relies on mistaken identity, the disappearance of a corpse and several makeshift coffins. Its eccentricity perplexed some Victorian readers and extended the bounds of Victorian good taste.
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The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Wrong Box is one of Stevenson's strangest works. Written with his stepson Lloyd Osbourne, it is a masterpiece of black comedy, turning on mistaken identity, the disappearance of a corpse, and several makeshift coffins. The Finsbury family has long been involved in a Tontine - a scheme in which subscribers invest money in a fund which then falls to the last survivor. Now there are only two aged uncles between Morris and John Finsbury and their fortune. A railway accident appears to dispose of one; and then the farce begins...In this eccentric and brilliantly plotted story the authors not only extended the boundaries of good taste but also satirized the popular Railway Novel genre. The Wrong Box perplexed some of its Victorian readers; a century on it is less shocking but the comedy is deft as ever. This book is intended for general readership; possible some students of late 19th-century fiction.

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GOR002170897
The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson
Oxford Popular Fiction
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
1995-10-05
177
0192824260
9780192824264
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