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By Robert Louis Stevenson

The preferred pirate tale ever written in English, that includes certainly one of literature’s such a lot loved “bad guys,” Treasure Island has been fortunately gobbled by way of a number of generations of boys—and girls—and grownups. Its unforgettable characters contain: younger Jim Hawkins, who unearths himself proprietor of a map to Treasure Island, the place the fabled pirate booty is buried; sincere Captain Smollett, heroic Dr. Livesey, and the good-hearted yet obtuse Squire Trelawney, who support Jim on his quest for the treasure; the scary Blind Pew, double-dealing Israel palms, and doubtless mad Ben Gunn, buccaneers of various colors of threat; and, in fact, garrulous, affable, ambiguous lengthy John Silver, who's one second a pleasant, guffawing, one-legged sea-cook . . .and the subsequent a deadly pirate leader!

The unforeseen and complicated dating that develops among Silver and Jim is helping remodel what turns out in the beginning to be an easy, rip-roaring experience tale right into a deeply relocating learn of a boy’s progress into manhood, as he learns demanding classes approximately friendship, loyalty, braveness and honor—and the doubtful that means of fine and evil.

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The letter-writing of empire always indicates its extent, but with Stevenson the range of his journeys everywhere goes further, and his activity as a letter writer is another way of recounting adventure, a method not without parallel among explorers of the period and before. Like others in his day, he often traveled in the least comfortable way, whether it be in the Cȳvennes in France, around Davos in Switzerland, in New York City, at Saranac in the Adirondack Mountains, crossing the United States by a miserable 舠emigrant train舡 (a journey that almost killed him on his way to meet his wife in San Francisco), or traveling by schooner to the Marquesas Islands, Tahiti, and Hawaii and thence to western Samoa, where, seeming to be settled for a change, he bought more than 300 acres of land on which he built Vailima.

Pharmacology could not alter the course of tuberculosis, and it was thought that bracing cold air in a clear mountain climate would remedy the disease. Stevenson spent the winters of 1880 and 1881 at Davos, was erroneously pronounced cured, and left for a life of continued wandering in search of a salubrious climate. Not surprisingly for those who have read The Magic Mountain or the life story of the poet John Keats (1795-1821), TB is a disease of fevers and a feverish existence. With Stevenson this hectic rhythm animated his virtually desperate travels; he became more of an explorer than a tourist, a restless voyager who knew he would never return home to his beloved country.

At the end of his life, settled in western Samoa, he wrote letters to condemn imperial abuses in the islands. The letter-writing of empire always indicates its extent, but with Stevenson the range of his journeys everywhere goes further, and his activity as a letter writer is another way of recounting adventure, a method not without parallel among explorers of the period and before. Like others in his day, he often traveled in the least comfortable way, whether it be in the Cȳvennes in France, around Davos in Switzerland, in New York City, at Saranac in the Adirondack Mountains, crossing the United States by a miserable 舠emigrant train舡 (a journey that almost killed him on his way to meet his wife in San Francisco), or traveling by schooner to the Marquesas Islands, Tahiti, and Hawaii and thence to western Samoa, where, seeming to be settled for a change, he bought more than 300 acres of land on which he built Vailima.

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