The Black Arrow has an interesting publishing history, and holds an unusual place in Stevenson’s catalogue. It first appeared as the follow-up syndicated story to Treasure Island in Young Folks in seventeen weekly instalments between 30 June and 20 October 1883.[i] This story, unlike Treasure Island, was heavily illustrated, perhaps a sign of Stevenson’s rising star as a popular author, although ironically it was this story that helped launch him to fame rather than its predecessor. James Henderson, editor of Young Folks, had requested another story to follow Treasure Island, and Stevenson began writing in May 1883. From the outset, he was not happy with his work, which he wrote through the fog of yet another illness; however, he did gradually come to see strengths in the work. He wrote to Sidney Colvin in November 1883, after the end of publication, expressing his pride at his rendering of “Crookback”, and finishes his comments by remarking “It’s great sport to write tushery”. [ii] This last comment has been interpreted as outright criticism of his story, but as is often the case with Stevenson’s self-criticism, it must be taken as ambiguous: critical certainly, but also self-deprecating about a work he came to appreciate.