Stevenson, Robert Louis

Treasure Island (1883)


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. Traditionally considered a coming-of-age story, it is an adventure tale known for its superb atmosphere, character and action and also a wry commentary on the ambiguity of morality. Treasure Island is one of the most frequently dramatised of all novels.

Treasure Island is Robert Louis Stevenson's first novel and his first major success. The influence of Treasure Island on popular perception of pirates is vast, including treasure maps with an "X", schooners, the Black Spot, tropical islands and one-legged seamen with parrots on their shoulders. The cover illustration is by Milo Winter created in 1915.

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