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First published in book form in 1883, Treasure Island remains one of the best-loved children's stories of all time. It recounts the thrilling adventures of Jim Hawkins, a young boy who finds a mysterious map in the sea trunk of an old sailor who has died in his parents' inn. The map is of an island, and marked on it is the location of a hoard of money, hidden there by the chief of a notorious band of pirates. The local doctor and squire decide to set off to find the island, taking Jim with them as the cabin boy, ...
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First published in book form in 1883, Treasure Island remains one of the best-loved children's stories of all time. It recounts the thrilling adventures of Jim Hawkins, a young boy who finds a mysterious map in the sea trunk of an old sailor who has died in his parents' inn. The map is of an island, and marked on it is the location of a hoard of money, hidden there by the chief of a notorious band of pirates. The local doctor and squire decide to set off to find the island, taking Jim with them as the cabin boy, but they soon discover that the surviving pirates are also keen to locate the treasure. Among the colorful characters is Long John Silver, who with his missing leg and his talking parrot, has entered into popular folklore. Although written for children, this is a wonderful adventure story that can be enjoyed at any age.

The handsome volumes in The Collectors Library present great works of world literature in a handy hardback format. Printed on high-quality paper and bound in real cloth, each complete and unabridged volume has a specially commissioned afterword, brief biography of the author and a further-reading list. This easily accessible series offers readers the perfect opportunity to discover, or rediscover, some of the world's most endearing literary works.

The volumes in The Collector's Library are sumptuously produced, enduring editions to own, to collect and to treasure.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760750926
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/4/2004
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Collector's Library
  • Edition description: Pocket-Sized Unabridged Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 5.94 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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.

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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 October 3, 2011

    Amazing!!

    Seriously this is an amazing story. Do not listen to bad reviews this book will absolutely captivate you. It isn't like the pathetically uncerebral books written today. If you can't handle big words... stick to Twilight. If you want something that will stimulate your imagination, I highly recommend this.

    50 out of 56 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Yeah, it's hard to read.

    I wish people would stop giving books bad reviews for the sole reason that they are hard to read. I mean, yeah it'll be hard to understand. This was back when average intelligence, or at least vocabulary, was way higher than it is now. The fact is this is a great book, that is why they call it a classic. I guess we've been so dumbed down that we resent anything that forces us to think a little harder than normal.

    38 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2011

    great book, very worth it

    i just got my nook and was browsing when i found this. i have read it before, and i loved it. if you want to read something good, here you go. its a wonderful classic.

    16 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

    Good story but too many misspellings!

    Compared to the real book this downlaod has way too many misspellings. Sometimes instead of ltters symbols are used! Loved the story though.

    12 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

    must read

    My brother got this book on his kindle and I am soooo glad to get it for free on my nook color. I have to say,it is a must read. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2010

    a childhood favorite

    ggreat book but not the best copy....lots of typos

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    So far.....this book is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't stop reading it.

    I am on chapter 22 right now and so far, i love it! A lot of peeps die in this book in case you didn't read it yet. It's all about pirates and treasure and killing people(peeps are people!). ANYWAYS............I love this book. And I think you should read a book called The Call Of The Wild by Jack London. That is also one of my favorite books.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Typos galore

    The number of typos and "imperfections" was a distraction. And there were occasions where my enjoyment was diminished by trying to figure out what the word is.

    I recommend trying to get a "cleaner" version of this incredible story, it is worth the effort.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    AWESOMEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!

    This book was amazing. It is a must read for book fanatics. There are a few errors/spelling mistakes but it doesn't make the book less enjoyable. This is the best book i have read so far. Got to love the classics. If you are looking for a book filled with pirates and exciting adventures than this is the book to read.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    DON'T GET IT

    It costs $0.99 and whenever I try to read it a little sign pops up that says sorry can't open this book I'm going to delete it after I write this review.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2010

    Lots and lots of typos

    So many, in fact, that actually trying to read this version of Treasure Island became so difficult, that I simply gave up. Now I am a bit leery of any 'free' downloads available for my Nook. Maybe it's true, that you get what you pay for. That's too bad, as the free downloads of classics was a selling point presented when I was buying my Nook.

    3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2011

    Great story

    It was hard to read. It didn't down load in a book format

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Applications, Belong Here

    Include: <br>
    Name <br>
    Background <br>
    Species(Halfblood, Fallen Angel, Shifter, Werewolf, ect..) <br>
    Family(Parents) <br>
    And Years of Roleplaying <p>

    -Syprus-

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    scottys says bad taste

    It uses itt and other words that make the book bad litratore

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    I love this book

    I am 9yrs. Old I loved the Movie and the Book Get this book.
    I hope I was helpfull

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    Aweful

    The book doesnt work

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Treasure Island

    There is a reason this book is an all time classic. It started adventure with buried treasure and pirates. It is a difficult read because it was written at a time when English was almost a different language. When pirates had their own vocabulary. In all a great adventure story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Kaya Kayla Cool

    Such a good book,fun and adventerest.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Jazmine

    Im 16 an wanna chat anybody out there???

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Love

    I mean the book is okay but the movie is better. But who cares about the plot the adventur is better. It is more awe to it but anyway love the book ,but the movie is better it is how I rool.

    [Look if u single caal back]

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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