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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

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Cd-audio Release Date: 01/06/2009

This classic horror story comes packaged with abridged and unabridged texts as well as teacher’s notes on CD-ROM. Read by the fantastic John Sessions, this atmospheric and thrilling story is brilliantly played out for the listener.   Abridged audio edition. Read by John Sessions. 2 CDs. 2.5 hours

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

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

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2003

The ultimate story of good versus evil although the twist being both these elements are fighting it out within one man. A wonderful novella that many have never read, thinking they know the story from film adaptations, but Stevenson's language and character analysis go way beyond what any film could portray and make this a timeless classic. Brilliant.   January 2010 Guest Editor Diana Gabaldon on ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON One of the earliest and best of the romance writers—back when "romance" meant adventure and excitement, escape from daily life. Treasure Island?  Kidnapped?  The Master of Ballantrae?  The titles alone are enough to transport you, but the clean prose and vivid characters bring you back again and again. Visit our '50 Classics Everyone Should Read' collection to discover more classic titles.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/09/2021

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...With a wonderfully funny introduction by award-winning author Eoin Colfer, Treasure Island is one of the twelve brilliant classic stories being relaunched in Puffin Classics in March 2008.

eBooks of the Month

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The Wrecker Annotated

The Wrecker Annotated

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/05/2021

The Wrecker Annotated by Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island Mass Market illustrated

Treasure Island Mass Market illustrated

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/05/2021

Treasure Island Mass Market illustrated by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Black Arrow Annotated

The Black Arrow Annotated

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/05/2021

The Black Arrow Annotated by Robert Louis Stevenson

Lay Morals Annotated

Lay Morals Annotated

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/05/2021

Lay Morals Annotated by Robert Louis Stevenson

New Poems Annotated

New Poems Annotated

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/05/2021

New Poems Annotated by Robert Louis Stevenson

Memories and Portraits Annotated

Memories and Portraits Annotated

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/05/2021

Memories and Portraits Annotated by Robert Louis Stevenson

Travels with a Donkey in the Cevenne Annotated

Travels with a Donkey in the Cevenne Annotated

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/05/2021

Travels with a Donkey in the Cevenne Annotated by Robert Louis Stevenson

Prince Otto Annotated

Prince Otto Annotated

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/05/2021

Prince Otto Annotated by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Black Arrow Annotated(illustrated edition)

The Black Arrow Annotated(illustrated edition)

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/05/2021

The Black Arrow Annotated(illustrated edition) by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Misadventures of John Nicholson Annotated(Illustrated edition)

The Misadventures of John Nicholson Annotated(Illustrated edition)

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/05/2021

The Misadventures of John Nicholson Annotated(Illustrated edition) by Robert Louis Stevenson

Records of a Family of Engineers Annotated

Records of a Family of Engineers Annotated

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2021

Records of a Family of Engineers Annotated by Robert Louis Stevenson

Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin Annotated

Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin Annotated

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2021

Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin Annotated by Robert Louis Stevenson

Fables Annotated

Fables Annotated

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2021

Fables Annotated by Robert Louis Stevenson

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Annotated(illustrated edition)

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Annotated(illustrated edition)

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2021

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Annotated(illustrated edition) by Robert Louis Stevenson

Fables Annotated(illustrated edition)

Fables Annotated(illustrated edition)

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2021

Fables Annotated(illustrated edition) by Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island Mass Market illustrated edition

Treasure Island Mass Market illustrated edition

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2021

Treasure Island Mass Market illustrated edition by Robert Louis Stevenson

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