Treasure Island (Wisehouse Classics Edition - With Original Illustrations by Louis Rhead)
TREASURE ISLAND is an adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, narrating a tale of "buccaneers and buried gold." It was originally serialized in the children's magazine Young Folks between 1881 through 1882 under the title Treasure Island, or the mutiny of the Hispaniola, credited to the pseudonym "Captain George North." It was first published as a book on 14 November 1883 by Cassell & Co. Treasure Island is traditionally considered a coming-of-age story, and is noted for its atmosphere, characters, and action. It is also noted as a wry commentary on the ambiguity of morality-as seen in Long John Silver-unusual for children's literature. It is one of the most frequently dramatized of all novels. Its influence is enormous on popular perceptions of pirates, including such elements as treasure maps marked with an "X," schooners, the Black Spot, tropical islands, and one-legged seamen bearing parrots on their shoulders.
'Robert Louis Stevenson' (1850-1894) was an acclaimed poet, essayist, novelist and travel writer, as accomplished in fiction as in non-fiction. Born and educated in Edinburgh, Scotland, Stevenson studied to become a lawyer though he never actually practised law. Dogged by ill health throughout his life, Stevenson travelled extensively, simply for the joy of it and to find more salubrious climates-in America, in Europe, and on the island of Samoa in the Pacific Ocean, where he lived for four years before his death. A well-known literary figure during his lifetime, Stevenson's popularity has endured and grown over the last century. His work includes many timeless classics; among others, 'Treasure Island, Kidnapped, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, New Arabian Nights' and 'A Child's Garden of Verses'.