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Treasure Island


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The quintessential adventure story that first established pirates in the popular imagination, Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island is edited with an introduction by John Seelye in Penguin Classics.

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Robert Louis Stevenson (Author)
Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850. Chronically ill with bronchitis and possibly tuberculosis, Stevenson withdrew from Engineering at Edinburgh University in favour of Studying Law. Although he passed the bar and became an advocate in 1875, he knew that his true work was as a writer.

Between 1876 and his death in 1894, Stevenson wrote prolifically. His published essays, short stories, fiction, travel books, plays, letters and poetry number in dozens. The most famous of his works include Travels With A Donkey in the Cevennes (1879), New Arabian Nights (1882), Treasure Island (1883), The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1887), Thrawn Janet (1887) and Kidnapped (1893).

After marrying Fanny Osbourne in 1880 Stevenson continued to travel and to write about his experiences. His poor health led him and his family to Valima in Samoa, where they settled. During his days there Stevenson was known as 'Tusitala' or 'The Story Teller'. His love of telling romantic and adventure stories allowed him to connect easily with the universal child in all of us. 'Fiction is to grown men what play is to the child,' he said.

Robert Louis Stevenson died in Valima in 1894 of a brain haemorrhage.


Robert Ingpen's dramatic full-color, full-page and spot illustrations seem to reinvent Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Even readers intimate with the great adventure tale of young Jim Hawkins's search for buried riches will feel they haven't met Captain Long John Silver or the marooned Ben Gunn until they spy Ingpen's portraits here. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Gr 7 Up-Robert Louis Stevenson's brilliant sea-faring classic, the archetypal pirate story, is given a neat and smoothly executed turn in this rendition. The tale of the preternaturally able young Jim Hawkins and his encounter with the arcane old seaman, Bill Bones, that subsequently launches the treasure-seeking saga is wonderfully narrated by Ralph Cosham. His strong narrative voice as Hawkins is beautifully complemented by his subtle vocal modulations for the other characters. Cosham's treatment of the rowdy Long John Silver is particularly fine. The cornucopia of available Treasure Island audio versions affords both libraries and listeners a degree of selectivity not often enjoyed in audiobooks. This version is highly recommended for its CD format and clean, straightforward narrative approach and production values.-Barry X. Miller, Austin Public Library, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

"Over Treasure Island I let my fire die in winter without knowing I was freezing."

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