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Prince Otto, by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edited by Robert P Irvine

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A playful, self-reflexive tale of politics and ethics.

In Prince Otto, first published in serial form in 1885, Stevenson uses his genius for adventure and romance to explore some decidedly grown-up themes. The tiny nineteenth-century German state of Grünewald seems to be a principality of the world of fairy-tale. But its ruler is beset in public by the forces of modern politics, and troubled in private by an unhappy marriage. Ill-prepared to deal with either, Otto is forced to choose between them.

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About the Author

Dr Robert P. Irvine is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Jane Austen (Routledge, 2005) and Enlightenment and Romance: Gender and Agency in Smollett and Scott (Peter Lang, 2000).

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