Treasure Island

Treasure Island

By Robert Louis Stevenson; John Lawrence (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763644451, 272pp.

Publication Date: October 13, 2009


Relive one of the greatest adventure stories of all time in this stunning, unabridged edition featuring bold, dynamic woodcuts by John Lawrence.


A treasure map where X marks the spot, a schooner set to sail, a onelegged seaman with a parrot on his shoulder, a boy whose bravery will be tested by murder, mutiny, and betrayal — Robert Louis Stevenson’s well-loved tale is the ultimate swashbuckling adventure. Sweeping a path from the sleepy English coast to the raging high seas to a tropical island concealing a buried treasure, this story of friendship and greed, loyalty and courage stars an unforgettable cast of characters: young Jim Hawkins, the terrifying Blind Pew, the wild man Ben Gunn, and one of literature’s most dastardly villains, the charming, crafty, and utterly unscrupulous Long John Silver. Superbly illustrated by the celebrated John Lawrence, this is the definitive edition of an enduring classic.

About the Author
Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson was a prolific Scottish poet and novelist in the 19th century. He was admired by many other authors, and his work includes The Black Arrow, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He died in 1894.

John H. Lawrence is currently Director of Museum Programs at The Historic New Orleans Collection, a museum and research center, where he previously held the position Curator of Photographs. Lawrence writes, lectures, and teaches on subjects pertaining to historic and contemporary photographic practice. He lives and works in New Orleans, the city of his birth.

Monday, Dec 14, 2009

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