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Robert Louis Stevenson - Author

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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).

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Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2020

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/03/2020

Kidnapped

Kidnapped

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2020

It is 1751, Scotland has suffered a time of uncertainty and rebellion, and young David Balfour is alone and penniless in the world. He doesn't realise that a letter from his dead father is about to launch him on the most frightening, exciting and incredible adventure of his life. As he sets out to find an uncle he didn't know existed, David has no idea that he will narrowly escape being murdered - that a fortune is rightfully his - that he will be kidnapped and thrown from one escapade to another in the company of the dynamic master-swordsman and fugitive, Alan Breck. Together, they must make a dramatic and extraordinary journey across Scotland so that Davie can claim his rightful inheritance. This is an epic story of adventure, friendship, murder and revenge!

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde A Graphic Novel in Full Colour

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde A Graphic Novel in Full Colour

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/02/2020

Following their acclaimed graphic novel version of 'Kidnapped', Alan Grant and Cam Kennedy turn their attention to another Stevenson story. John Utterson notices that his friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, has been acting very strangely. As he investigates, Utterson uncovers a terrifying and horrific story.

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: 29/02/2020

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.

Strange Case Of Jekyll And Hyde

Strange Case Of Jekyll And Hyde

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2020

The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde

The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2020

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Classics: Level 17 More Pack A: Kidnapped

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Classics: Level 17 More Pack A: Kidnapped

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson, Margaret McAllister Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

In Kidnapped the orphan, David Balfour, sets out to meet his unknown uncle. Time and again he finds himself in terrible danger - nearly killed by his uncle, threatened by cut-throat sailors and wanted by the King's soldiers. Will he ever be safe again? Exciting and powerful classic stories to enrich and extend your children's reading experiences. TreeTops Classics are carefully adapted versions of must-read stories which introduce your readers to significant authors, powerful plots and characters that have stood the test of time. These abridged versions of classics have been sensitively adapted by top children's authors to ensure that language and content is appropriate, but remain faithful to the original. These enchanting stories will appeal to all your junior readers and introduce them to a rich literary heritage. Each book includes author biographies and notes to help with historical and social context and any challenging vocabulary, ensuring the books are easily accessible. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/01/2020

Kidnapped

Kidnapped

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2020

Kidnapped

Kidnapped

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/01/2020

Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes

Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/01/2020

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: 06/01/2020

The Master of Ballantrae A Winter's Tale

The Master of Ballantrae A Winter's Tale

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/01/2020

The Black Arrow A Tale of the Two Roses

The Black Arrow A Tale of the Two Roses

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/01/2020

The Black Arrow A Tale of the Two Roses

The Black Arrow A Tale of the Two Roses

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2020

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