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Robert Louis Stevenson's rousing seafaring classic.
"Fifteen men on a dead man's chest-
Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"
For sheer storytelling delight and pure adventure, Treasure Island has never been surpassed. From young Jim Hawkins's first encounter with the sinister beggar Pew to the climactic battle with the most memorable villain in literature, Long John Silver, this novel has fired readers' imaginations for generations. A rousing tale of treachery, greed, and daring, Treasure Island continues to enthrall readers of all ages.
With an Introduction by Patrick Scott
and an Afterword by Sara Levine
Throughout his life,
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) was plagued by ill health, which interrupted his formal education at Edinburgh University. Pursuing the life of a bohemian during his twenties and thirties, he traveled around Europe and formed the basis of his first two books,
An Inland Journey (1878) and
Travels with a Donkey (1879). Stevenson gained his first popular success with
Treasure Island (1883).
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which sold forty thousand copies in six months, and
Kidnapped appeared in 1886, followed by
The Black Arrow (1888) and
The Master of Ballantrae (1889). In 1888, he set out with his family for the South Seas, traveling to the leper colony at Molokai, and finally settling in Samoa, where he died.
Patrick Scott is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina and co-editor of
Studies in Scottish Literature. From 1996-2011 he was Director of Rare Books and Special Collections at Thomas Cooper Library, which has the largest Scottish literature collection outside Scotland. His earlier publications on Victorian boys’ books include essays on Hughes’s
Tom Brown’s Schooldays and Kipling’s
Stalky & Co.
Sara Levine is the author of the novel
Treasure Island!!! and the short story collection
Short Dark Oracles. Her essays have been widely anthologized, and she teaches writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.