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Drawing on old maps, contemporary drawings and paintings, portraits and other archive material, the excellent Famous Authors series not only presents a factual outline of the writers' lives, but also conveys a clear visual picture of the social and historical background to their writing. Recommended for all ages. THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE
Scottish novelist, essayist, and poet Robert Louis Stevenson contributed many beloved classics to the world of children's literature.
Stevenson's popularity is based primarily on the exciting subject matter of his adventure novels and stories of the fantastic. Treasure Island (1883), a swiftly paced story of a search for buried gold, portrays good, in the form of the boy Jim and his friends, against evil, as personified by the pirate Pew and the one-legged Long John Silver. In the horror story The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886), the extremes of good and evil mushroom startlingly in one character when the physician Henry Jekyll discovers a drug that changes him, first at will and later involuntarily, into the monster Hyde. The action in Kidnapped (1886) is triggered by a stolen inheritance, that of young David Balfour, who subsequently becomes party to the perilous escapades of the proud Highlander outlaw Alan Breck.
TITLES IN THE SERIES:
THE BRONTË SISTERS
EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
EDGAR ALLAN POE
SIR WALTER SCOTT
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY