Treasure Island (PagePerfect NOOK Book) [NOOK Book]

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When he attends a dying patron of his family's boarding house, young Jim Hawkins has no idea that the man was once a pirate, or that the man's possessions include a map that will lead whoever has it to the island where the notorious buccaneer, Captain Flint, buried his treasure. Jim and his guardians hire a boat to sail to the island, unaware that crew they have hired includes many members of Flint's pirate band, among them former quartermaster Long John Silver, and that they hope to claim the treasure for their ...
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Overview

When he attends a dying patron of his family's boarding house, young Jim Hawkins has no idea that the man was once a pirate, or that the man's possessions include a map that will lead whoever has it to the island where the notorious buccaneer, Captain Flint, buried his treasure. Jim and his guardians hire a boat to sail to the island, unaware that crew they have hired includes many members of Flint's pirate band, among them former quartermaster Long John Silver, and that they hope to claim the treasure for their own. The ensuing action-packed adventure established the classic pirate story as it was written for more than a century afterward, and it made the literary reputation of its young author, Robert Louis Stevenson.

First published as a book in 1883, Stevenson's tale of pirate adventure on the high seas has become one of the best-known classics of English literature. Illustrated with classic full-color plates by N.C. Wyeth, this exquisite edition features an elegant bonded leather binding, a satin-ribbon bookmark, distinctive stained edging, and decorative endpapers. It is a book that will be cherished by readers of all ages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435139930
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: NOOK Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 273,660
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Louis  Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson
The Victorian poet and novelist Robert Louis Stevenson once said, "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant." The author of the magical A Child's Garden of Verses and the chilling The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Stevenson indeed planted powerful literary seeds -- that grew into undisputed classics.

Biography

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in 1850 in Edinburgh. His father was an engineer, the head of a family firm that had constructed most of Scotland's lighthouses, and the family had a comfortable income. Stevenson was an only child and was often ill; as a result, he was much coddled by both his parents and his long-time nurse. The family took frequent trips to southern Europe to escape the cruel Edinburgh winters, trips that, along with his many illnesses, caused Stevenson to miss much of his formal schooling. He entered Edinburgh University in 1867, intending to become an engineer and enter the family business, but he was a desultory, disengaged student and never took a degree. In 1871, Stevenson switched his study to law, a profession which would leave time for his already-budding literary ambitions, and he managed to pass the bar in 1875.

Illness put an end to his legal career before it had even started, and Stevenson spent the next few years traveling in Europe and writing travel essays and literary criticism. In 1876, Stevenson fell in love with Fanny Vandergrift Osbourne, a married American woman more than ten years his senior, and returned with her to London, where he published his first fiction, "The Suicide Club." In 1879, Stevenson set sail for America, apparently in response to a telegram from Fanny, who had returned to California in an attempt to reconcile with her husband. Fanny obtained a divorce and the couple married in 1880, eventually returning to Europe, where they lived for the next several years. Stevenson was by this time beset by terrifying lung hemorrhages that would appear without warning and required months of convalescence in a healthy climate. Despite his periodic illnesses and his peripatetic life, Stevenson completed some of his most enduring works during this period: Treasure Island (1883), A Child's Garden of Verses (1885), Kidnapped (1886), and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886).

After his father's death and a trip to Edinburgh which he knew would be his last, Stevenson set sail once more for America in 1887 with his wife, mother, and stepson. In 1888, after spending a frigid winter in the Adirondack Mountains, Stevenson chartered a yacht and set sail from California bound for the South Pacific. The Stevensons spent time in Tahiti, Hawaii, Micronesia, and Australia, before settling in Samoa, where Stevenson bought a plantation called Vailima. Though he kept up a vigorous publishing schedule, Stevenson never returned to Europe. He died of a sudden brain hemorrhage on December 3, 1894.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Good To Know

It has been said that Stevenson may well be the inventor of the sleeping bag -- he described a large fleece-lined sack he brought along to sleep in on a journey through France in his book Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes.

Long John Silver, the one-legged pirate cook in Stevenson's classic Treasure Island, is said to be based on the author's friend William Ernest Henley, whom he met when Henley was in Edinburgh for surgery to save his one good leg from tuberculosis.

Stevenson died in 1894 at Vailima,, his home on the South Pacific island of Upolu, Samoa. He was helping his wife make mayonnaise for dinner when he suffered a fatal stroke.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 13, 1850
    2. Place of Birth:
      Edinburgh, Scotland
    1. Date of Death:
      December 3, 1894
    2. Place of Death:
      Vailima, Samoa

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  • Posted January 1, 2012

    Highly Recommend-excellent read

    I received this as a gift for Christmas this year (2011). Though I've read it in the past,the moment I started reading, I could'nt put it down. The book itself is finely made. VERY NICE binding. The paper is high grade with gold edgeing. Nice illustrations gives you a sense of an old copy. The story speaks for itself. It drags you in and keeps you there. If you've never read a true book about pirates and treasure then look no further, this is the grandaddy of them all. Definitely a must read.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 16, 2013

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    The book is nice, and the illustrations are wonderful in their color and detail. The only problem is that in the beginning it is hard to get into the story if you are not a real pirate/treasure fan. Other than that, the story went very smoothly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Good Book

    I have read this book before, and loved reading this again. As I own six of the children's classics, I think that this is easier to understand than a few of the others. I think it's cover is beautiful and is even better in person.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    It was an ok read.

    Not a favorite. But still a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    Used to like when was a child

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

    A Good Book Worth Reading.

    The book itself, The binding and pages are quite nice, the book mark is good and the images are nice also and the book goes well with the other books of its series as well as it looks nice displayed with the larger B&N leatherbound books such as Sherlock Holmes and so forth. It has some very good characters such as Long John Silver, Jim Hawkins, The Doctor and The Squire. As to the story for those of you who have not read Treasure Island it is a great story of Pirates, Adventure and as the name would suggest Treasure, this book is an interesting read for any age and while it may not be your favorite book it will surely be another piece you will be happy to add to your own library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    Love this book

    Love this book

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