Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Black Arrow in Young Folks Paper

Irvin Department of Special Collections

Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses was first published in the weekly children’s periodical Young Folks Paper under his pseudonym “Captain George North” beginning with vol. XXII, no 656 (June 30, 1883) and concluding in vol. XXIII, no. 672 (October 20, 1883). Two other major works by Stevenson were first published serially in Young Folks Paper– Treasure Island in 1881-1882 and Kidnapped in 1886. While Treasure Island received a less than enthusiastic response from readers, readers of Young Folks Paper enjoyed the action filled story of The Black Arrow. The Black Arrow was fully illustrated and many of its installments appeared on the periodical’s front page.

The Irvin Department of Rare Books & Special Collections owns a partial run of Young Folks Paper in original wrappers. The periodical was published under various titles from 1871 to 1897. Among the first periodicals for children, Young Folks Paper included works of fiction, essays, poetry, and history. Young Folks Paper also included a “Literary Olympic” that offered payment and criticism for original contributions, as well as a “Riddle Tournament” consisting of readers’ submissions.

The Irvin Department of Rare Books & Special Collections and Digital Collections are proud to present this literary treasure in its entirety for young and old readers alike.

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