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Treasure Island (1883) [Novel]
by Robert Louis Stevenson Rating: Weighted - 7.5 / Average - 7.5 of 10 (35 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Originally designed as a story for boys, Stevenson's novel is narrated by the teenage Jim Hawkins, who outwits a gang of murderous pirates led by that unforgettable avatar of amorality, Long John Silver. But Treasure Island has also had great appeal for adult readers and was admired by Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, and (reluctantly) Henry James. The story has the dreamlike quality of a fairy tale and has worked its way into the collective imagination of more than five generations of readers, gaining the power of myth.

(From the publisher):

A classic since the day it was published in 1882, Stevenson's unmatched adventure has made generations yearn for the high seas.

Treasure Island was first set down as a map to entertain twelve-year-old Lloyd Osborne, home for the holidays in wet Braemar. But as Robert Louis Stevenson's imagination filled with the exploits of the rum-soaked buccaneer Captain Flint, Israel Hands, babbling Ben Gunn, nimble Jim Hawkins, and, of course, that most appealing of merciless villains Long John Silver, it grew into a story--perhaps the most famous adventure story of all time.

First published serially as The Sea Cook, or Treasure Island, in the periodical Young Folks, 1881-1882.

Original title: The Sea Cook, or Treasure Island
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionChildren & Young AdultAdventure
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics
FictionGeneral FictionYouth (rebellion, Angst, Coming Of Age)

This work is excerpted in the following works :
     Book of Islands, a (1971) [Anthology]
      Authors: Rudyard Kipling , Daniel Defoe , Arthur Conan Doyle , Alexandre Dumas (pere) , Jonathan Swift , Jules Verne , H. G. Wells , William Golding , Algernon Blackwood , Robert Louis Stevenson , W. Somerset Maugham , Herman Melville , Washington Irving , Liam O'Flaherty , Guy de Maupassant , Lloyd Osbourne , Richard Harding Davis , Richard Connell , Johann Wyss , Edward Bellamy , Arthur J. Burks , Frederick Marryat , Unknown Author , Lafcadio Hearn , Homer , Giovanni Verga , Prosper Mérimée , Rudolf Erich Raspe , Stratis Myrivilis


Edition #1: Treasure Island

Treasure Island (1883)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "It will be relished by adventure-loving boys, but whether it will be wholesome reading for them is more than doubtful." Dial, Chicago, May 1884
  • "Like all Mr. Stevenson's good work it is touched with genius. It is written--in that crisp, choice, nervous English of which he has the secret--with such a union of measure and force as to be in its way a masterpiece of narrative." Saturday Review, December 1883
  • "In real life Long John Silver would hardly have got off; he certainly ought not to do so in fiction." Arthur John Butler, Athenaeum, December 1883
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Treasure Island (2000)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Harvill
ISBN: 9781860467066
Dimensions: 5 x 7.7 x 0.5 in
Pages: 203
Notes: Introduction by George MacDonald Fraser (1994)

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Treasure Island (1994)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Books
ISBN: 9781566194730
Pages: 297

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Treasure Island (1994)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 0140620834
Pages: 224

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