Stevenson published this collection of his early fiction in 1882, after the pieces had appeared in various magazines. The first half features two popular detective-story cycles, The Suicide Club and The Rajah's Diamonds, which deal with a macabre secret society and the intrigues and escapades involving exotic jewels. The second half brings together unrelated pieces, including the seminal 'The Pavilion on the Links' -- described by Conan Doyle as "the first short story in the world" -- which is set in a cottage surrounded by quicksand and tells the story of two old friends who become rivals for the affection of a woman.
An eclectic, entertaining compilation, New Arabian Nights represents a milestone in Stevenson's creative development and confirmed his reputation as one of the finest storytellers in the English language.
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