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The Wrong Box is a black comedy novel co-written by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne, first published in 1889. The story is about two brothers who are the last two surviving members of a tontine.

The book was the first of three novels that Stevenson co-wrote with Osbourne, who was his stepson. The others were The Wrecker (1892) and The Ebb-Tide (1894). Osbourne wrote the first draft of the novel late in 1887 (then called The Finsbury Tontine), Stevenson revised it in 1888 (then called A Game of Bluff) and again in 1889 when it was finally called The Wrong Box. A film adaptation, also titled The Wrong Box, was released in 1966, and a musical in 2002.

Rudyard Kipling, in a letter to his friend Edmonia Hill (dated September 17, 1889), praised the novel:

"I have got R.L. Stevenson's In the Wrong Box and laughed over it dementedly when I read it. That man has only one lung but he makes you laugh with all your whole inside".

The Wrong Box was filmed in 1966 starring Michael Caine. The novel was also adapted as a stage musical in 2002, and a studio cast recording of the show was released in August 2013.

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41 editions First published in 1889

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Publish date unknown, Heinemann
The wrong box
in English
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Publish date unknown, Longmans,Green and Co
Wrong Box
in English
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1889, Longmans, Green, and Co.
The wrong box
in English
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1889, Longmans, Green
The wrong box
Microform in English
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1889, Longmans, Green
The wrong box
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1889, C. Scribner's Sons
The wrong box
in English
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1889, Charles Scribner's Sons
The wrong box
in English
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1889, Longmans, Green
The wrong box
in English
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1895, C. Scribner
The wrong box
in English
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1898, C. Scribner's Sons
The wrong box
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1899, Longmans, Green and Co
The wrong box
in English - New impression.
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1903, C. Scribner's Sons
The wrong box
in English
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1905, C. Scribner's Sons
The wrong box
in English
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1907, Longmans, Green and Co.
The wrong box
in English - Pocket ed.
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1909, Longmans,Green and Co
The wrong box
in English
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1909, Scribner's
The wrong box
in English
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1911, Musson Book Co.
The wrong box
in English
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1912, C. Scribner's Sons
The wrong box
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1921, Scribner's
The wrong box
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1923, Heinemann
The wrong box
in English
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1954, Oxford University Press
The wrong box.
in English
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1961, Blackie
The wrong box
in English
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1966, Pan Books by arrangement with Oxford University Press
The wrong box
in English
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1968, Heron Books
The wrong box
in English
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November 1975, Oxford University Press
Wrong Box (World's Classics)
Hardcover
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1981, Bruguera
Aventuras de un cadaver.
in Spanish
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1985, Dover Publications
The wrong box
in English
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1989, Nonesuch
The wrong box
in English - Rev. ed
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May 1990, Viking Penguin Inc
The Wrong Box (Nonesuch Press)
Hardcover in English - New Ed edition
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September 1991, North Books
The Wrong Box
Hardcover - Largeprint edition
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1995, Oxford University Press
The wrong box
in English
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September 2002, Fredonia Books (NL)
The Wrong Box
Paperback in English
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January 2003, IndyPublish.com
The Wrong Box
Paperback in English
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April 30, 2004, IndyPublish.com
The Wrong Box
Hardcover in English
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December 31, 2005, Paperbackshop.Co.UK Ltd - Echo Library
The Wrong Box
Paperback in English - Largeprint edition
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2005, Valdemar
Aventuras de un cadáver
in Spanish - 1a ed.
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March 30, 2006, Dodo Press
The Wrong Box
Paperback in English
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November 3, 2006, Hard Press
The Wrong Box
Paperback in English
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June 27, 2007, Echo Library
The Wrong Box
Paperback in English
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April 3, 2007, BiblioBazaar
The Wrong Box
Paperback in English
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April 3, 2007, BiblioBazaar
The Wrong Box (Large Print Edition)
Paperback in English

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