Item description for Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Timothy Meis & N. C. Wyeth...
Overview While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of the inn and her son find a treasure map that leads them to a pirate's fortune.
Publishers Description Jim Hawkins has led an ordinary life as an innkeeper's son until the day he inadvertently discovers a treasure map in a trunk belonging to an old sea captain, and thus, suddenly, his ordinary life turns into the extraordinary adventure of a lifetime. Jim and his companions decide to follow the map to the coast of South America to find their fortune, but their plans run awry when they discover that the ship's crew is comprised primarily of pirates -- out to claim the treasure as their own If he ever wants to return home, Jim must outsmart Long John Silver and his gang, using all the cunning he can muster to come up with a plan to defeat the pirates, and to find the treasure in this swashbuckling tale that has thrilled readers for more than one hundred years. Carefully abridged for younger readers, this third addition to the Scribner Storybook Classic line, with striking illustrations by N. C. Wyeth, revitalizes Robert Louis Stevenson's acclaimed tale of adventure, danger, and suspense.
Citations And Professional Reviews Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Timothy Meis & N. C. Wyeth has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 06/23/2003
PW Notes and Reprints - 06/23/2003 page 70
Booklist - 08/01/2003 page 1973
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2003 page 103
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2004 page 103
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.6" Width: 10.1" Height: 0.5" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2003
ISBN 0689854684 ISBN13 9780689854682 UPC 076714018952
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More About Robert Louis Stevenson, Timothy Meis & N. C. Wyeth
Born on November 13, 1850, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Robert Louis Stevenson traveled often, and his global wanderings lent themselves well to his brand of fiction. Stevenson developed a desire to write early in life, having no interest in the family business of lighthouse engineering. He was often abroad, usually for health reasons, and his journeys led to some of his early literary works.
Publishing his first volume at the age of 28, Stevenson became a literary celebrity during his life when works such as Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde were released to eager audiences. He died in Samoa in 1894.
In 1878, Robert Louis Stevenson saw the publication of his first volume of work, An Inland Voyage; the book provides an account of his trip from Antwerp to northern France, which he made in a canoe via the river Oisé. A companion work, Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes (1879), continues in the introspective vein of Inland Voyage and also focuses on the voice and character of the narrator, beyond simply telling a tale.
Also from this period are the humorous essays of Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers (1881), which were originally published from 1876 to '79 in various magazines, and Stevenson's first book of short fiction, New Arabian Nights (1882). The stories marked the United Kingdom's emergence into the realm of the short story, which had previously been dominated by Russians, Americans and the French. These stories also marked the beginning of Stevenson's adventure fiction, which would come to be his calling card.
The 1880s were notable for both Stevenson's declining health (which had never been good) and his prodigious literary output. He suffered from hemorrhaging lungs (likely caused by undiagnosed tuberculosis), and writing was one of the few activities he could do while confined to bed. While in this bedridden state, he wrote some of his most popular fiction, most notably Treasure Island (1883), Kidnapped (1886), Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886), and The Black Arrow (1888).
The idea for Treasure Island was ignited by a map that Stevenson had drawn for his 12-year-old stepson; Stevenson had conjured a pirate adventure story to accompany the drawing, and it was serialized in the boys' magazine Young Folks from October 1881 to January 1882. When Treasure Island was published in book form in 1883, Stevenson got his first real taste of widespread popularity, and his career as a profitable writer had finally begun. The book was Stevenson's first volume-length fictional work, as well as the first of his writings that would be dubbed "for children." By the end of the 1880s, it was one of the period's most popular and widely read books.
Robert Louis Stevenson lived in Edinburgh Edinburgh. Robert Louis Stevenson was born in 1850 and died in 1894.
Reviews - What do customers think about Treasure Island?
Pirates and Gold Jul 16, 2007
I was expecting a little more depth after having read other of Stevenson's works. Jim Hawkins' parents keep an inn, to which the pirate who has possession of a treasure map comes to stay. He is found by his former companions who are greedy for his gold, and he dies of a heart attack soon after. Jim and his mother open the sea chest, taking the gold the pirate owed them for his stay, as well as the treasure map. With other friends, Jim sets out to recover the treasure, for no other reason than that the map is in his possession. Nothing seems too extraordinarily noble about that. Jim discovers that part of the crew have joined with the intention of stealing the gold for themselves, and they have little regard for the lives of others. However, this may not be considered stealing on their part, as Jim and his friends have as little right to the money as anyone else. Through many perils from very unsavory characters, Jim and the others make it back to England with a portion of the gold. He seems to have learned a lesson, however, for he states in the conclusion that nothing would tempt him back to collect the rest of the gold from Treasure Island.
-----"YO--HO--HO, AND A BOTTLE OF RUM"----- Sep 10, 2006
In an effort to add a few classics to our reading list, one of the members of my book club chose TREASURE ISLAND for us to read. Coincidently, I had recently visited a cottage, turned museum near Saranack Lake in New York, where Robert Louis Stevenson spent some time right before he wrote TREASURE ISLAND. It was a timely read for me!
I thought that I knew this story, but the years had passed and my memory was not as vivid as I had thought. The story was as fresh to me as a new novel. This is the adventure of young Jim Hawkins who was lucky or unlucky enough to have found himself in possession of a map to Treasure Island. Jim is filled with curiosity and adventure as he sails forth on the ship, the Hispaniola. Jim's friends who are sponsoring the voyage are Squire Trelawney and Dr. Livesey. Notable crewmembers are Captain Smollett, a no nonsense and very capable seaman. and Long John Silver, a charming, but very cunning man who was hired as the ship's cook. Silver's companion is a parrot that he calls Cap'n Flint.
The excitement and danger of pirates, the lust for buried treasure and a mutiny aboard ship makes for an exciting book. TREASURE ISLAND continues to be a great story for any child or adult who savors adventure.
pirate Jun 14, 2006
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
This is a sea-fairing tale of a boy named Jim finding himself entangled on a considerably large pirate adventure. In the beginning of this sea story Jim and his parents ran an inn named the "Admiral Benbow" a shady character that ends up being a pirate walks in and that is how it all started. He soon finds himself part of a crew in the Hispaniola, Captain Smollett runs the crew along with a Mr. Trelawny, and the mysterious one-legged chief Long John Silver. Silver and his crew betray the captain with mutiny, and take over the ship, forcing the doctor, Jim, Mr. Telwany, Mr. Grey, the captain and some loyal sailors to ship out in the smaller boat, the Jolly Boat. Being chased by the Hispaniola, the Jolly Boat quickly takes ashore on Treasure Island. This is the last place where a great battle between good and evil takes place just for reckless greed. This book, in my opinion deserves a 5 out of 5 because it has great plot twists devious and memorable characters.
Best Abridged Edition Dec 29, 2005
I compared this large-format abridged edition (retelling by Timothy Mies, original Wyeth illustrations) to another large-format abridged edition, A Young Reader's Edition of the Classic Adventure, published by Running Press in 2002 (retelling by Steven Zorn, original Wyeth illustrations) and I chose this one. For storytelling I preferred the Zorn version in the other edition because the language was a bit more salty and closer to the flavor of the original, although the Mies retelling in this edition is perfectly acceptable. When it came to the illustrations, however, the quality of reproduction in this edition outshined the other to such a degree that this edition won out. The Wyeth illustrations in this edition are simply electric -- large, colorful and very crisp, while in the other edition the same illustrations are dark and blurry.
a classic adventure Nov 8, 2005
This book is a classic adventure story. I knew and loved it as a child, and as an adult am seeing my children know and love it too. The main characters are complex and intruiging. Long John Silver, while being the quintessential bad guy, still has a sense of honor. He was so good at seeming like a good guy that he had everyone fooled. This book is a stimulating read for grown ups as well as a captivating one for kids. It was written at a time when people didn't feel they had to pander to children by dumbing down their writing. It is a great vocabulary builder for kids also.