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Kidnapped: or the Lad with the Silver Button: The Original Text
     

Kidnapped: or the Lad with the Silver Button: The Original Text

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by Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson
 

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Robert Louis Stevenson always considered Kidnapped, the tale of 17-year-old David Balfour's adventures in the remote islands and highlands of Scotland with renegade soldier Alan Breck Stewart, to be his greatest novel, but when the classic adventure tale was published in 1886, it was without much of what its author held dear. His English publisher had

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Robert Louis Stevenson always considered Kidnapped, the tale of 17-year-old David Balfour's adventures in the remote islands and highlands of Scotland with renegade soldier Alan Breck Stewart, to be his greatest novel, but when the classic adventure tale was published in 1886, it was without much of what its author held dear. His English publisher had excised many of the Scottish words and phrases he had used to evoke the suspense of the novel. From simple misreadings to deliberate revisions, subsequent printed editions represented major departures from Stevenson's handwritten text.

Drawing on the unique autograph manuscript in the Huntington Library, Professor Barry Menikoff has faithfully reproduced the text as Stevenson originally wrote it, restoring the author's language and punctuation, as well as the authentic Scots quality of his diction.

This handsome new edition of a novel, whose avowed purpose was the recovery of an important part of Scots history, reproduces for the first time the original drawings that accompanied the text during its serialization in Young Folks. Menikoff's substantial introduction situates the book in its cultural context and enables us to see why Stevenson's contemporaries were both entranced and awed by his achievement.
In his extensive notes to the novel, he reveals Stevenson's enormous prestige as an authority on language, both English and Scots, for Kidnapped was widely drawn upon as a reference by lexicographers for the Oxford English Dictionary and the Scottish National Dictionary. Finally, for a tale that charts the "wanderings" of David Balfour over the land and seas of Scotland, this edition is the first to provide a gazetteer of place-names encountered during the course of those travels.

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Library Journal
Editor Menikoff insists that Stevenson's novel has been unfairly relegated to young adult fiction. To remedy that, he restored the text to its original form, reinstating deleted passages and Stevenson's original punctuation. The text is buttressed with 19th-century drawings from the book's serializations and an introduction that explains the book's nexus and puts it into its Scottish cultural context. (Classic Returns, LJ 5/15/99) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Reconstructs from a unique manuscript in California the novel that Stevenson (1850-94) considered his best. Replaces all the punctuation and the distinctive language that had been altered or deleted. Also includes the drawings from the original serialization in . The impact is to deepen the Scottish and nationalist tone and purpose of the work. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873281775
Publisher:
Huntington Library Press
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)

Meet the Author

Barry Menikoff is professor of English and American literature at the University of Hawaii and one of the world's leading authorities on Robert Louis Stevenson. He has previously published Robert Louis Stevenson and "The Beach of Falesa" and a collection of Stevenson's shorter fiction, Tales from the Prince of Storytellers.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
November 13, 1850
Date of Death:
December 3, 1894
Place of Birth:
Edinburgh, Scotland
Place of Death:
Vailima, Samoa
Education:
Edinburgh University, 1875

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Kidnapped 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 139 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a very good story and wasn't sure what the writing from that period would be like. I am very happy that I took the chance and downloaded the story. I usually read fiction crime thrillers and this book kept my attention and I read it as quickly as I do my other choices. The story follows a nice line and gives a nice packaged ending that one would expect, no real twists or anything of that kind.
DerMeister More than 1 year ago
Stevenson, well within his element in regards to the setting, re-demonstrates his mastery as a storyteller with Kidnapped; but unlike his works such as Treasure Island this compelling adventure story's plot and thematic elements are woven in the context of a real historical conflict. Through this spirited depiction of the Whig vs. Jacobite struggle, Stevenson is definitely trying to redeem the image of the Highlands that the English had strived so hard to tarnish back in his day. This is totally comprehensible in characters like Alan and James of the Glens who both exhibit noble manners and honor that was allegedly uncharacteristic of catholic scots in the 1700s. What's truly interesting in this book, however, is the centrality of the unlikely friendship between David Balfour and Alan Stewart. Despite their incredibly divergent upbringings (a rebellious catholic highlander and a goody-good protestant whig) they are able to transcend their own misapprehensions and prevail over the sprawling cast of cutthroats looking to sell them into bondage. Throughout this plot steeped in treachery and redemption, there are instances of benevolence and compassion revealed by the majority of misfortunes they experience, like when Alan loses their money to Cluny MacPherson. I think it's inventive how he uses the screw-ups to shed light on how important it is to swallow pride and resolve problems with the people you truly respect. I was also impressed with how the events of the story also preserved the importance of virtues like loyalty and valor, which surface from time to time in the highlander characters such as Macrob who continue the resistance for justice against English oppressors. Another entertaining aspect of the story is Stevenson's use of motifs in tying together its major plot elements. Much like the "hands" motiff in Treasure Island, Stevenson is very consistent in using themes like inheritance, especially primogeniture, to impress upon the reader what was principal or significant back in those times. All and all, it is a very exciting read and especially appealing to anyone of Scottish descent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt the urge to write this reveiew after reading one written March 21, 2011, in which the writer of the review was reading Kidnapped for school, and complained of the length (236 pages) and the oldfashioned writing. I have two things to say to that. One, when was written people, as individuals were much smarter than they are now, being able to read very complex books with difficult language, and comprehend them perfectly. Two, I happen to have read Nicholas Nickelby by Charles Dickens, which for your information is 755 pages long and i read it cover to cover. I am twelve. For those who want to know whether this is a good book or not, I highly reccomend it. Best of luck on your own readinging adventure! SGP
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best audio books I have ever heard. The narration is outstanding and great theater. The old English is beautiful (the old English is readily understood with a little thought - if the language daunts you, you might enjoy instead 'Goodnight Moon'.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book really touched my heart
squeelee More than 1 year ago
The story moves along and is so well told, I felt as though I were witnessing it first hand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the most boring book I have ever read. I get it that it is old English but the spelling could have been better. Any English teacher would have a field day with this one. Really bad
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
When the story begins, it finds a young man named David Balfour. He is seventeen years old and has lost both his parents. David is told to journey to the House of Shaws – it was his late father's wish. The House of Shaws is famous for its wealth. David, coming from a somewhat poor family cannot fathom the reason of why he must visit this mansion. Once he sets foots on his way, he is met by shady strangers, and he never knows who to trust. He gets caught in a trap of secrets that he doesn't even understand, but he must be quiet. Otherwise his life and his new friend Alan Breck's life are at stake. These two new comrades, even when not in agreeable moods must stick together if they are going to survive their trek through the lowlands and highlands of Scotland. I'd recommend "Kidnapped" to all ages over 13. Sometimes there seems to be a language barrier and it was hard to always understand what the characters were talking about. My copy of the book handily had a word glossary in the back (which I used frequently). From the very first page the story had me locked into it. Set sail with David Balfour and be prepared for adventure, intrigue, and a surprise or two along the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She walks down the street, reading....when all of a sudden 3 large masked men jump out of a black van and try to pull her in!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
&heart
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice story want to be nook friends?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rossette looked around happily. She breathed in the lovely feeling of Spring, and smiled. Spring was her favourite time of year! She saw the green grass bending in the slightly cool breeze, the water in a nearby river sang a merry song as the birds flapped gaily along with the flitting butterflies. <p> She was slightly aware of somebody following her, but she paid that nearly no attention, because she was busy enjoying the last day of Spring. <p> She took a quick look at her watch, and slung her backpack over one shoulder and ran to school. <p> She arrived, breathless. Nobody was in the playground. 'Am I late?' She wondered. She ventured into the hallway, and saw nobody there either. 'Oh no! I AM late! Should I hide?' She stuffed her belongings into her locker, and ran towards the empty staircase. 'Goodness me! What will the teacher say if...' and there she stopped, for all the lights went out. An eerie silence filled the hall, and she hear a voice. <p> "Rossette...you shall make a lovely ghost, and your head shall look lovely on my wall..." <p> Then, she blacked out. <p> ---+++---+++---+++---+++---+++---+++---+++ <p> THANKS FOR READING PART ONE!!!!!!!!! Please tell me if you would like part two. Comments are welcome. By:Grey bytheway part two will till be here.
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escaped
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and it is very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stays here to stay away from her husband and the deer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to pick a book on a list i was given to in class and then write an essay on the book i read, if the book was classic or not. I didnt want to read this book at 1st but i couldnt put the book down once i started. I loved this book it might seem odd but it was really good. :)
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This book really doesn't require a big introduction, it's a timeless classic that has lasted through the years. To the 8th grader would rather drink poison than read this book. I'm 62 years old and I first read this book when I was 4years old. As one ages they find old books like these to be companions and friends. I'm sorry you feel forced to read such treasured book. However, I've found that if I just read the book, I'll get involved in it and start to enjoy it. Sort of like the twilight books that I would rather eat glass than be forced to read them. ...smile.
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She looked at emberkit.
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Exciting historical novel about the Scottish rebellion under Bonnie Prince Charlie.
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I actually enjoyed this book. It captures the minds of adults and children. I had to read this for my english class, before i read it, i was full of dread. Now, it might be one of my favorite books! Well done, Mr. Stevenson, they don't make books like this anymore!