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Treasure Island By Robert Louis Stevenson
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Treasure Island is an adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, narrating a tale of "buccaneers and buried gold". First published as a book on May 23, 1883, it was... More > originally serialized in the children's magazine Young Folks between 1881–82 under the title Treasure Island or, the mutiny of the Hispaniola with Stevenson adopting the pseudonym Captain George North. Traditionally considered a coming-of-age story, Treasure Island is an adventure tale known for its atmosphere, characters and action, and also as a wry commentary on the ambiguity of morality — as seen in Long John Silver — unusual for children's literature then and now. It is one of the most frequently dramatized of all novels. The influence of Treasure Island on popular perceptions of pirates is enormous, including treasure maps marked with an "X", schooners, the Black Spot, tropical islands, and one-legged seamen carrying parrots on their shoulders.< Less
Essays in the Art of Writing By Robert Louis Stevenson
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Essays in the Art of Writing by Robert Louis Stevenson, 1905. Gives advice in several subjects, from inspiration and direction to the technical methods of writing. He explains the basic tools of... More > word choice, rhythm in verse and prose, plotting, and style, with a discussion of the morality of writing--the potential for good that literature has, and the responsibility of the writer to wisely use that power. Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks among the 26 most translated authors in the world. His works have been admired by many other writers, including Jorge Luis Borges, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Marcel Schwob, Vladimir Nabokov, J. M. Barrie, and G. K. Chesterton, who said of him that he "seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins."< Less
Kidnapped: David Balfour and Catriona By Robert Louis Stevenson
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Kidnapped is a historical fiction adventure novel by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. This work includes David Balfour and the sequel Catriona. Written as a "boys' novel" and... More > first published in the magazine Young Folks from May to July 1886, the novel has attracted the praise and admiration of writers as diverse as Henry James, Jorge Luis Borges, and Seamus Heaney. Being Memoirs of the Adventures of David Balfour in the Year 1751. A young and naive but resourceful, whose parents have recently died and who is out to make his way in the world. How he was Kidnapped and Cast away; his Sufferings in a Desert Isle; his Journey in the Wild Highlands; his acquaintance with Alan Breck Stewart and other notorious Highland Jacobites; with all that he Suffered at the hands of his Uncle, Ebenezer Balfour of Shaws. As historical fiction, it is set around 18th-century Scottish events, notably the "Appin Murder", which occurred near Ballachulish in 1752 in the aftermath of the Jacobite Rising.< Less
The Black Arrow: A Tale of Two Roses By Robert Louis Stevenson
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The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses is an 1888 novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. The illustrations are by Newell Convers Wyeth(1882-1945) and where published in 1916(Charles Scribner's Sons) for... More > a series of books "The Scribner Illustrated Classics. It is both an historical adventure novel and a romance. The Black Arrow tells the story of Richard (Dick) Shelton during the Wars of the Roses: how he becomes a knight, rescues his lady Joanna Sedley, and obtains justice for the murder of his father, Sir Harry Shelton. Outlaws in Tunstall Forest organized by Ellis Duckworth, whose weapon and calling card is a black arrow, cause Dick to suspect that his guardian Sir Daniel Brackley and his retainers are responsible for his father's murder. Dick's suspicions are enough to turn Sir Daniel against him, so he has no recourse but to escape from Sir Daniel and join the outlaws of the Black Arrow against him. This struggle sweeps him up into the greater conflict surrounding them all.< Less