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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

5+ readers 7+ readers

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

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.

Project X Origins Graphic Texts: Dark Red Book Band, Oxford Level 17: Treasure Island

Project X Origins Graphic Texts: Dark Red Book Band, Oxford Level 17: Treasure Island

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson, Chris Baker Illustrator: Santy Gutierrez Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/05/2021

Project X Origins Graphic Texts can help children to reach higher standards in comprehension. This graphic retelling of Treasure Island brings a fresh look to a well-loved classic. When Jim discovers a treasure map, he finds himself setting sail for an adventure of a lifetime! However, he begins to wonder if the ship's crew are all they seem to be and what else they might find on the treasure island. This book also contains notes on the inside front and back covers with advice on supporting older children with their reading, ideas for follow-up activities and higher-level comprehension questions.

Penguin Readers Level 1: Jekyll and Hyde (ELT Graded Reader)

Penguin Readers Level 1: Jekyll and Hyde (ELT Graded Reader)

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2021

Penguin Readers is an ELT graded reader series for learners of English as a foreign language. With carefully adapted text, new illustrations and language learning exercises, the print edition also includes instructions to access supporting material online. Titles include popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction, introducing language learners to bestselling authors and compelling content. The eight levels of Penguin Readers follow the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR). Exercises at the back of each Reader help language learners to practise grammar, vocabulary, and key exam skills. Before, during and after-reading questions test readers' story comprehension and develop vocabulary. Visit the Penguin Readers website Exclusively with the print edition, readers can unlock online resources including a digital book, audio edition, lesson plans and answer keys. Dr Jekyll is a good person. He is nice, and he has lots of friends. But Mr Hyde is a bad person. He walks in the streets of London at night and does bad things. Why are the two men friends?

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/04/2021

Kidnapped

Kidnapped

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Illustrator: Cam Kennedy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2021

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 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: 31/03/2021

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.

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

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

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson, Caroline McCracken-Flesher Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2021

This new edition brings a fresh perspective on Stevenson's dark, celebrated evocation of duality: polite society undermined by the weakness deep within itself. Three of Stevenson's other dark tales reveal him to be a shrewd and skillful storyteller - 'The Body Snatcher', 'The Pavilion on the Links', 'The Story of a Lie'. Flame Tree Collector's Editions present the foundations of speculative fiction, authors without whom the imaginative literature of the twentieth century would not exist, bringing the best and most influential writers into a striking and collectable library. Each book features a new introduction, a short biography and a glossary of Literary, Gothic and Victorian terms.

The Black Arrow

The Black Arrow

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/03/2021

Caught in the midst of England's War of the Roses, young Dick Shelton's loyalties are torn between a guardian who betrays him and the leader of the secret fellowship, The Black Arrow . the Houses of York and Lancaster are locked in a brutal struggle for England's crown and the fate of the kingdom is at stake. Shelton finds himself entangled in the conspiracy. In order to survive he must distinguish friend from foe and confront the tests of war, shipwreck, murder and forbidden love.

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