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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: Carlo Molinari Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/08/2021

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: 02/08/2021

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.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Illustrator: Gerry Embleton Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/07/2021

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/06/2021

Treasure Island A Robert Ingpen Illustrated Classic

Treasure Island A Robert Ingpen Illustrated Classic

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/05/2021

'In Treasure Island, Stevenson wrote one of the great books of all time, an enduring masterpiece, and my favourite too. 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. They place their trust in the sea cook Long John Silver, little knowing that he is the infamous one-legged man. As they and a crew of pirates set sail for Treasure Island, mutiny breaks out aboard the Hispaniola, and in the following race to find the treasure, Jim and Long John Silver must face each other in a series of exciting battles of both strength and wits. A beautiful gift edition, abridged for younger readers.

Treasure Island A Robert Ingpen Illustrated Classic

Treasure Island A Robert Ingpen Illustrated Classic

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/05/2021

'In Treasure Island, Stevenson wrote one of the great books of all time, an enduring masterpiece, and my favourite too. No edition has ever been better illustrated than this. Ingpen's drawings are utterly compelling.' - Michael Morpurgo Robert Louis Stevenson's tale of pirates, treasure and swashbuckling action on the high seas is the archetypal ripping yarn and continues to captivate readers of all ages. Our narrator is Jim Hawkins, son of a guesthouse owner on the west coast of England sometime in the 18th century. An old buccaneer, Billy Bones, arrives at the inn with a map showing the way to Captain Flint's treasure, but he is closely followed by a group of dastardly pirates under the command of the ominous Blind Pew. Jim, in an act of bravery and cunning gets hold of the map before this rabid mob. He delivers it to Squire Trelawney, and together they set off for Treasure Island in the Squire's schooner. Among the crew, however, is the treacherous Long John Silver who is determined to keep the treasure for himself... The award-winning artist Robert Ingpen has set his imagination loose on this breathtaking adventure, bringing the unforgettable characters and their thrilling escapades to life as never before.

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde GCSE 9-1 Set Text Student Edition

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde GCSE 9-1 Set Text Student Edition

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson, Alexandra Melville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/05/2021

Exam board: AQA, Edexcel, OCR, Eduqas; SQA Level & Subject: GCSE English Literature; Nationals and Highers First teaching: September 2015 First examination: June 2017 This edition of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is perfect for GCSE-level students: it comes complete with the novel, plus an introduction providing context, and a glossary explaining key terms. 'He put the glass to his lips, and drank at one gulp. A cry followed; he reeled, staggered, clutched at the table and held on, staring with injected eyes, gasping with open mouth; and as I looked there came, I thought, a change...' A series of brutal incidents - a murder, the trampling of a child - leads lawyer Mr Utterson to try to find out more about the repulsive perpetrator Mr Hyde. More importantly, he begins to question how Hyde is connected to Utterson's old friend, the respectable Dr Jekyll. Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novel, with its concern with doubles and the 'dual nature of man', takes the reader into the darker regions of late Victorian London, as Utterson begins to unravel the mystery and confront the horror of Hyde's true identity.

Kidnapped

Kidnapped

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson, Louise Walsh Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/05/2021

Robert Louis Stevenson's classic, swashbuckling novel about a young boy who is forced to go to sea and who is then caught up in high drama, daring adventure and political intrigue. Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket-sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition is introduced by Louise Welsh and features black and white illustrations. Headstrong David Balfour, orphaned at seventeen, sets out from the Scottish Lowlands to seek his fortune in Edinburgh. Betrayed by his wealthy Uncle Ebenezer, he is carried away to sea to be sold into slavery in the Carolinas. On board, he secures a timely alliance with Jacobite adventurer Alan Breck, and together they make an epic escape across the western Highlands. Inspired by real events, Kidnapped is a swashbuckling adventure of bizarre encounters, political assassination and wild carousings with Robert Louis Stevenson's unique counterpoint of low morals and high comedy threaded throughout.

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