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Robert Louis Stevenson - Author

About the Author

Robert Louis Stevenson was born to Thomas and Margaret Isabella Balfour Stevenson in Edinburgh on 13 November 1850. From the beginning he was sickly. Through much of his childhood he was attended by his faithful nurse, Alison Cunningham, known as Cummy in the family circle. She told him morbid stories about the Covenanters (the Scots Presbyterian martyrs), read aloud to him Victorian penny-serial novels, Bible stories, and the Psalms, and drilled the catechism into him, all with his parents' approval. Thomas Stevenson was quite a storyteller himself, and his wife doted on their only child, sitting in admiration while her precocious son expounded on religious dogma. Stevenson inevitably reacted to the morbidity of his religious education and to the stiffness of his family's middle-class values, but that rebellion would come only after he entered Edinburgh University.

The juvenilia that survives from his childhood shows an observer who was already sensitive to religious issues and Scottish history. Not surprisingly, the boy who listened to Cummy's religious tales first tried his hand at retelling Bible stories: "A History of Moses" was followed by "The Book of Joseph." When Stevenson was sixteen his family published a pamphlet he had written entitled The Pentland Rising, a recounting of the murder of Nonconformist Scots Presbyterians who rebelled against their royalist persecutors.

 

Featured books by Robert Louis Stevenson

A Child's Garden of Verses

A Child's Garden of Verses

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Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Illustrator: Eve Garnett Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2008

Along with Lavender's Blue by Kathleen Lines, this book is one of July 2011 Guest Editor Anne Fine's choices:  "Everyone talks about how hard it is to introduce poetry to children, but that’s nonsense. Just start here. They’re rich and colourful, with rhythms that make them easy to read and fix in the brain. And since they mirror so many of a child’s everyday experiences, they catch their attention at once."

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Other books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/12/2021

The perfect gift for a swashbuckling young pirate. Share your beloved childhood stories with the next generation! 'No edition has ever been better illustrated than this. Ingpen's drawings are utterly compelling' - Michael Morpurgo When an old sea captain arrives at the Admiral Benbow inn with a mysterious sea chest and fearful talk of a man with one leg, the scene is set for one of the most popular adventure stories of all time. Young Jim Hawkins finds a treasure map among the captain's belongings and, accompanied by his friends Doctor Livesey and Squire Trelawney, they set off in search of Captain Flint's buried treasure. A full-colour illustrated edition of one of the world's best loved stories.

Treasure Island and Kidnapped

Treasure Island and Kidnapped

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Illustrator: N. C. Wyeth Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/11/2021

N.C. Wyeth's illustrations to Treasure Island and Kidnapped - first published in 1911 and 1913, respectively, by Charles Scribner's Sons - made his artistic reputation. With a bold mastery of light and colour, Wyeth brilliantly conveyed action, character, and setting, lending an extra excitement to Robert Louis Stevenson's tales of pirates and buried treasure, and intrigue in the Scottish Highlands. Now readers can enjoy this classic author-illustrator pairing in a handsome two-volume slipcased set, typeset anew and printed and bound to a high standard. This collectible set also includes a new introduction by Christine B. Podmaniczky, a leading expert on N.C. Wyeth. She reveals Wyeth's daring approach to these illustrations - which he painted at a large scale, directly on the canvas - and explores their later influence on visual culture, including stage and screen adaptations of Stevenson's novels.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Illustrator: Alessandro (Illustrator) Valdrighi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2021

Dr. Henry Jekyll is well-liked and admired by his friends, but seems increasingly troubled and withdrawn from their company. Meanwhile, a mysterious and repellent character, Mr. Hyde, commits crime after crime. What hold can he have over the admirable Dr. Jekyll? With fun activities after the story, and online audio in both British English and American English. CEFR level: B1. 1200 headwords, 3594 words.

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: 27/09/2021

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.

Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes

Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/09/2021

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

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

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