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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781425048853
  • Publisher: www.ReadHowYouWant.com
  • Publication date: 11/1/2006
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Louis  Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson (eigentlich Robert Levis Balfour Stevenson) wurde am 13.11.1850 in Edinburgh geboren. Der Vater war Leuchtturmbaumeister, das wollte auch der Sohn werden. Er hatte jedoch ein Lungenleiden und studierte daher Jura von 1871-1875. Er arbeitete jedoch nicht als Rechtsanwalt sondern wurde freier Schriftsteller, vergeblich ein Klima suchend, das sein Lungenleiden heilte. Seit 1888 lebte er auf Samoa, wo er bei den Eingeborenen in hohem Ansehen stand. Er starb am 03.12.1894 im Haus Vailima bei Apia (Westsamoa).

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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  • Anonymous

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    AMAZING

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    Again

    Again is this good

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    Posted July 11, 2014

    Zeke

    Wakes up and streched

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    Posted July 11, 2014

    Travel

    Nods padding back to theyre safehous(i have no idea what to call it..)

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    Posted July 11, 2014

    Magnus

    Im leaving anyways goodnight matt

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    Posted July 11, 2014

    Ebon

    Omw! Im about to go into tears anyway.)) Ebon nodded, "we can practice agaib perhaps" he said walking next to trav

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Whse name is kittys-rock?

    #i want to know who kittys-rock is
    Are you aboy or girl
    Are you i<3purple s friend#

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    I dont know what to rate the book cuz i havent read it

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    Posted January 21, 2013

    Who is kittys-rock?

    # Justice ps i am a girl who wants 2 know if this is her friend. #

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    Posted December 10, 2012

    Ananymous

    Havnt read it i think i shoud get because my mom whats me to

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Well........ im not impressed

    The fact that 'tradition' is spelled wrong in the description makes me think that it was wrtten by a bored high schooler who wanted to entertain him/herself. I wouldnt if i were you but im not you so you can do whatever you want

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    Atwha si isthay bout a ??????????

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    Posted January 27, 2012

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    Stupid

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2011

    Huh?

    I really dont understsnd this at all. Ill wait until im 13 or 14 to read it, wich is like, two or three years from now.

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