One of the most loved adventure stories of all time, «Treasure Island» is the swashbuckling tale of the search for hidden treasure. When an old sea captain by the name of Billy Bones dies at the inn of Jim Hawkins' parents, Jim and his mother discover a treasure map among his belongings. Jim shows the map to some local acquaintances, Dr. Livesey and Squire Trelawney and together they plan an expedition to find the treasure. Together they set sail aboard the Hispaniola led by a Captain Smollett in search of Treasure Island.
This daring tale of revenge and exotic intrigue is demonstrative of Stevenson's broad range and unique genius. «The Master of Ballantrae», first published in 1889, follows the conflict between two Scottish brothers of noble origins during the tumultuous Jacobite Risings of 1745. Greed and envy threaten to tear the brothers apart as a race for the family inheritance intensifies. James Durie, the protagonist and Master of Ballantrae, is as charming as he is evil. It is his relationship with the younger Henry Durie that drives this dark tale. The adventurous narrative sweeps across three continents, beginning in Scotland, through India, and finally to its dramatic conclusion in Northern America. Stevenson himself referred to the novel as a tragedy, with the reader glimpsing the malignant impulses found in fraternal competition. Considered by many to be Stevenson's most polished work, «The Master of Ballantrae» is an unrelenting tale of egregious conflict.
Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (1850-1894), a Scottish novelist, poet and essayist, was influential to the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, and J. M. Barrie. His most famous works include «Treasure Island» and «The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde». Originally intending to study engineering at the University of Edinburgh, Stevenson expended more energy dodging lectures than attending them. He shifted his studies to law, passing the bar but never actually practicing the profession. Instead he began to seek success through writing, beginning with travel novels, exploring Europe and weaving stories from his own experiences. «The Black Arrow» is a tale comparable to his most famous works, the plot swiftly carried by thrilling suspense and narrow escapes. Set during the Middle Ages, Stevenson depicts the harsh conditions of life at that time, as well as the horrors of civil war, dealing in particular with the fifteenth-century War of the Roses.
Selected and introduced by Jenni Calder.
Ill health drove Robert Louis Stevenson from Scotland; the urge for new and adventurous places drew him to the Pacific. There were those at home who would have been happier to see him purely as a spinner of the picturesque, but Stevenson could not close his eyes to the impact of colonialism, the ‘stir-about of epochs and races, barbarisms and civilizations, virtues and crimes’.
This collection sets three of his imaginative works —The Bottle Imp, The Isle of Voices, and The Beach of Falesa – within the social and political contexts of Stevenson’s letters and essays from the South Seas. Island ambience, the clash of cultures, moral ambiguities, all are there, and so too is Stevenson’s swift narrative control, giving a true modernity to his prose.
Originally written as a «boys' novel», Kidnapped has attracted the praise and admiration of writers as diverse as Henry James, Jorge Luis Borges, and Seamus Heaney. Solid historical and environmental background, and gritty realism give the novel immediacy while also the book also shows the importance of friendship and loyalty.
Collected here in this omnibus edition are five of the great Pirate novels and a number of wonderful short stories. You'll go in search of adventure in 'Kidnapped' by Robert Louis Stevenson, 'A Brush with the Chinese' by G. A. Henty, and 'The Madman and the Pirate' by R.M. Ballantyne. Authors include Howard Pyle, W. B. Lord, Harry Collingwood, Richard Glasspoole, and many others. This is the swashbuckling pirate anthology you've been waiting for. Over 750 pages and more than 300,000 words of pulse pounding pirate adventures await you. Grab your eyepatch and set sail for adventure. For pirate lovers of all ages!
Collected here in this omnibus edition are five of the greatest Pirate novels ever written, as well as a number of wonderful short stories. You'll go in search of adventure with
'Treasure Island' by Robert Louis Stevenson,
'Captain Blood' by Rafael Sabatini,
'Ghost Pirates' by William Hope Hodgson.
Other authors include James Fenimore Cooper,
Murray Leinster and many others.
This is the swashbuckling pirate anthology you've been waiting for. Over 800 pages and more than 300,000 words of pulse pounding pirate adventures await you. Grab your eyepatch and set sail for adventure. For pirate lovers of all ages!
«Мельница, на которой жил Билль со своими приемными родителями, стояла в горной долине, среди соснового бора и высоких гор. Горы эти громоздились все выше и выше, один холм над другим, поросшие густым лесом, до тех пор, пока не взгромоздились выше самых смелых сосен не остались голыми и серыми, резко вырисовываясь на фоне неба своими причудливыми контурами…»