Robert Louis Stevenson: Teller of Tales

Robert Louis Stevenson: Teller of Tales

by Beverly Gherman
     
 
Robert Louis Stevenson lived a life full of romantic adventure. His love of writing took him to far-off places, from his Native Scotland to France and California. He wrote of the adventures of Jim and Long John Silver to entertain his stepson. Treasure Island was so successful, he went on to write other adventure stories for young people. Bevery Gherman has captured

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Robert Louis Stevenson lived a life full of romantic adventure. His love of writing took him to far-off places, from his Native Scotland to France and California. He wrote of the adventures of Jim and Long John Silver to entertain his stepson. Treasure Island was so successful, he went on to write other adventure stories for young people. Bevery Gherman has captured the adventure and the anguish that were equal parts of the life of one of the world's most beloved authors. Photos.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-A clearly written, albeit somewhat dry biography. Stevenson spent his life fighting illnesses, which influenced everything from his often interrupted education to his writing and personal life. A wealth of his writings as well as those of family members are drawn upon, including Stevenson's own diaries and those of his mother and his wife. While Gherman is careful to document direct quotes with source notes, support for incidents is inferred rather than provided. Black-and-white photographs appear throughout the text. Although this title presents an adequate overview, other books offer a more engaging view of specific aspects of Stevenson's life. Jim Murphy's Across America on an Emigrant Train (Clarion, 1993) is a compelling look at the America Stevenson found on his 1879 journey to meet his future wife in California; excerpts from his diary are interwoven with the history of the transcontinental railroad. Nancy Willard's The Voyage of Ludgate Hill (Harcourt, 1994) is a poem inspired by the letters written by Stevenson during his 1887 crossing to America.-Susan M. Moore, Louisville Free Public Library, KY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689319853
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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