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Robert Louis Stevenson - Author

About the Author

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850. The son of a prosperous civil engineer, he was expected to follow the family profession, but was allowed to study law at Edinburgh University. Stevenson reacted strongly against the Presbyterian respectability of the city’s professional classes and this led to painful clashes with his parents. In his early twenties he became afflicted with a severe respiratory illness from which he was to suffer for the rest of his life; it was at this time that he determined to become a professional writer. The effects of the often harsh Scottish climate on his poor health forced him to spend long periods abroad. After a great deal of travelling he eventually settled in Samoa, where he died on 3 December 1894.

Stevenson’s Calvinistic upbringing gave him a preoccupation with pre-destination and a fascination with the presence of evil. In Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde he explores the darker side of the human psyche, and the character of the Master in The Master of Ballantrae (1889) was intended to be ‘all I know of the Devil’. Stevenson is well known for his novels of historical adventure, including Treasure Island (1883), Kidnapped (1886) and Catriona (1893). As Walter Allen comments in The English Novel, ‘His rediscovery of the art of narrative, of conscious and cunning calculation in telling a story so that the maximum effect of clarity and suspense is achieved, meant the birth of the novel of action as we know it.’ But these works also reveal his knowledge and feeling for the Scottish cultural past. During the last years of his life Stevenson’s creative range developed considerably, and The Beach of Falesá brought to fiction the kind of scene now associated with Conrad and Maugham. At the time of his death Robert Louis Stevenson was working on his unfinished masterpiece, Weir of Hermiston. He also wrote works of non-fiction, notably his descriptive and historical books on the South Seas area, A Footnote to History (1892) and In the South Seas (1896), as well as his celebrated defence of Father Damien, the Belgian priest who devoted his life to caring for lepers, in Father Damien; an open letter to the Reverend Hyde of Honolulu (1890).

Featured books by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/11/2019

A Child's Garden of Verses

A Child's Garden of Verses

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/11/2019

A handsome new edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic collection of children's poems Racehorse for Young Readers' Children's Classic Collections is a new series that offers readers timeless compilations of children's literature. Handsomely packaged and affordable, this new series aims to revitalize these enchanting works and continue the tradition of sharing them with the next generation. A Child's Garden of Verses is one of the most famous children's collections of poetry ever published. It was written by Robert Louis Stevenson for children about the joys and sorrows of childhood, touching on themes like illness and solitude as well as make-believe games and play. This collection includes stories like: Foreign Children The Lamplighter The Land of Counterpane Bed in Summer My Shadow The Swing And more! Whether you're a collector or just want to share these incredible tales with the young readers in your life, this book will provide readers with countless hours of unforgettable stories and artwork.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Abridged and Retold, with Notes and Free Audiobook

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Abridged and Retold, with Notes and Free Audiobook

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

This reader contains an abridged text that is true to Stevenson's novel. It comes with a free CD of the novel, an introduction, detail about the author, notes on the themes, list of characters, and a glossary. The story concerns Dr. Henry Jekyll who feels he is struggling with the good and evil within himself. This leads to a struggle between his dual personalities of Jekyll and Edward Hyde. This classic novel has been made available for students. Whether you are a student, or an Englishlanguage learner, or just looking for somethinggreat to read in English, the Word PowerEnglish Readers are a new series with retoldtext that captures the best and key elementsof the novels they are based on, characternotes, author biography and details about thetime each novel was written. There is alsoa glossary of the less familiar words in eachbook. The English used in the books is veryclear and the elegance of the language willinspire calm in the reader. This series willhelp both students of the novels, as well asstudents of English, who are looking to gainfluency in English.Each book comes with an audio recording ona CD placed into the back of the book. Therecording is read by an actor who speaksclearly and slowly for those less familiar withthe English language. The book and audiorecording can be used together to helpstudents learn the correct pronunciation asthey read and to improve their sight wordrecognition. Audio-assisted reading also helpsto build fluency skills by allowing students tohear the tone and pace of a skilful reader.The level of the Readers is B1/B2.

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales of Terror Penguin Classics

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales of Terror Penguin Classics

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 26/09/2019

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales of Terror by Robert Louis Stevenson. Published as a 'shilling shocker', Robert Louis Stevenson's dark psychological fantasy gave birth to the idea of the split personality. The story of respectable Dr Jekyll's strange association with 'damnable young man' Edward Hyde, the hunt through fog-bound London for a killer, and the final revelation of Hyde's true identity is a chilling exploration of humanity's basest capacity for evil. The other stories in this volume also testify to Stevenson's inventiveness within the gothic genre: 'Olalla', a tale of vampirism and tainted family blood, and 'The Body Snatcher', which shows the murky underside of medical practice.

Prince Otto A Romance

Prince Otto A Romance

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/09/2019

The Master of Ballantrae A Winter's Tale

The Master of Ballantrae A Winter's Tale

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/09/2019

The Master of Ballantrae A Winter's Tale

The Master of Ballantrae A Winter's Tale

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2019

Prince Otto A Romance

Prince Otto A Romance

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2019

Macmillan Readers Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Elementary Reader

Macmillan Readers Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Elementary Reader

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2019

This series provides a wide variety of reading material for all learners of English. The books are retold versions of popular classics and contemporary titles as well as specially written stories.

Strange Case Of Jekyll And Hyde

Strange Case Of Jekyll And Hyde

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2019

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson, Bryony Lavery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2019

Not one of us must breathe a word of what we've found. It's a dark and stormy night. Jim, the inn-keeper's granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor's feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in - and her dangerous voyage begins. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story of murder, money and mutiny, premiered at the National Theatre, London, in December 2014, in a thrilling adaptation by Bryony Lavery.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Following the demise of bloodthirsty buccaneer Captain Flint, young Jim Hawkins finds himself with the key to a fortune. For he has discovered a map that will lead him to the fabled Treasure Island. But a host of villains, wild beasts and deadly savages stand between him and the stash of gold. Not to mention the most infamous pirate ever to sail the high seas . . .

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/09/2019

Penguin presents the audio CD edition of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Following the demise of bloodthirsty buccaneer Captain Flint, young Jim Hawkins finds himself with the key to a fortune. For he has discovered a map that will lead him to the fabled Treasure Island. But a host of villains, wild beasts and deadly savages stand between him and the stash of gold. Not to mention the most infamous pirate ever to sail the high seas . . .

Catriona

Catriona

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2019

Kidnapped

Kidnapped

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2019

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