The Black Arrow. A Tale of the Two Roses

Robert Louis Stevenson [Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (1850 – 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist]

The Black Arrow, 1888:  An historical adventure novel and romance set during the Wars of the Roses. free ebook

Critic on the Hearth:
No one but myself knows what I have suffered, nor what my books have gained, by your unsleeping watchfulness and admirable
pertinacity. And now here is a volume that goes into the world and lacks your imprimatur: a strange thing in our joint lives; and the
reason of it stranger still! I have watched with interest, with pain, and at length with amusement, your unavailing attempts to peruse
The Black Arrow; and I think I should lack humour indeed, if I let the occasion slip and did not place your name in the fly-leaf of the
only book of mine that you have never read—and never will read.
That others may display more constancy is still my hope. The tale was written years ago for a particular audience and (I may
say) in rivalry with a particular author; I think I should do well to name him, Mr. Alfred R. Phillips. It was not without its reward at
the time. I could not, indeed, displace Mr. Phillips from his wellwon priority; but in the eyes of readers who thought less than
nothing of Treasure Island, The Black Arrow was supposed to mark a clear advance. Those who read volumes and those who
read story papers belong to different worlds. The verdict on Treasure Island was reversed in the other court; I wonder, will it
be the same with its successor?
R. L. S. Saranac Lake, April 8, 1888. free ebook