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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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Treasure Island (Legend Classics)

Treasure Island (Legend Classics)

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2020

A Child's Garden of Verses

A Child's Garden of Verses

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/07/2020

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.

Kidnapped

Kidnapped

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2020

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!

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2020

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.

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: 28/05/2020

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2020

Essential Student Texts: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Essential Student Texts: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/05/2020

Dr Jekyll is obsessed by the idea of the soul's dual nature; he believes the good and evil side of a person are distinct and can be separated, and he seeks to prove this, despite the derision of his contemporaries. Unpleasant Mr Hyde appears to be the perpetrator of a number of horrific and violent crimes, but when pursued by the police he is seemingly impossible to trace. And Dr Jekyll appears to be his unlikely ally. When Gabriel Utterson, lawyer, and concerned friend of Jekyll, takes it upon himself to investigate the strange happenings, he finds the truth to be far more sinister than anyone could have imagined... This Essential Student Texts edition of Stevenson's thrilling tale includes accessible and informative study notes.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/05/2020

Strange Case Of Jekyll And Hyde

Strange Case Of Jekyll And Hyde

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2020

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: 20/05/2020

First published in 1886 as a shilling shocker, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde takes the basic struggle between good and evil and adds to the mix bourgeois respectability, urban violence, and class conflict. The result is a tale that has taken on the force of myth in the popular imagination. This Broadview edition provides a fascinating selection of contextual material, including contemporary reviews of the novel, Stevenson's essay A Chapter on Dreams, and excerpts from the 1887 stage version of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Also included are historical documents on criminality and degeneracy, the Jack the Ripper murders, and London in the 1880s. New to this second edition are an updated critical introduction and, in the appendices, writings on Victorian psychology by Thomas Carlyle, Richard Krafft-Ebing, and Henry Maudsley, among others.

Der Junker von Ballantrae (Grossdruck)

Der Junker von Ballantrae (Grossdruck)

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2020

Der Junker von Ballantrae (Grossdruck)

Der Junker von Ballantrae (Grossdruck)

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2020

Treasure Island AND Kidnapped (Unabridged and fully illustrated)

Treasure Island AND Kidnapped (Unabridged and fully illustrated)

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2020

Die Schatzinsel

Die Schatzinsel

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2020

Kidnapped

Kidnapped

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2020

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