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Treasure Island

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Treasure Island is an adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, narrating a tale of "buccaneers and buried gold". Traditionally considered a coming-of-age story, Treasure Island is a tale noted for its atmosphere, characters and action, and also as a wry commentary on the ambiguity of morality — as seen in Long John Silver — unusual for children's literature. It is one of the most frequently dramatized of all novels. The influence of Treasure Island on popular perceptions of pirates is enormous, including such elements as treasure maps marked with an "X", schooners, the Black Spot, tropical islands, and one-legged seamen bearing parrots on their shoulders.

Bones becomes a long-term lodger at the inn, only paying for about the first week of his stay. Jim quickly realizes that Bones is in hiding, and that he particularly dreads meeting an unidentified seafaring man with one leg. Some months later, Bones is visited by a mysterious sailor named Black Dog. Their meeting turns violent, Black Dog flees and Bones suffers a stroke. While Jim cares for him, Bones confesses that he was once the mate of a notorious late pirate, Captain Flint, and that his old crewmates want Bones' sea chest. Some time later, another of Bones' crew mates, a blind man named Pew, appears at the inn and forces Jim to lead him to Bones. Pew gives Bones a paper. After Pew leaves, Bones opens the paper to discover it is marked with the Black Spot, a pirate summons, with the warning that he has until ten o'clock to meet their demands. Bones drops dead of apoplexy (in this context, a stroke) on the spot. Jim and his mother open Bones' sea chest to collect the amount due to them for Bones' room and board, but before they can count out the money that they are owed, they hear pirates approaching the inn and are forced to flee and hide, Jim taking with him a mysterious oilskin packet from the chest. The pirates, led by Pew, find the sea chest and the money, but are frustrated that there is no sign of "Flint's fist".

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is about a London lawyer named Gabriel John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde. There are two personalities within Dr. Jekyll, one apparently good and the other evil; completely opposite levels of morality. The novel's impact is such that it has become a part of the language, with the very phrase "Jekyll and Hyde" coming to mean a person who is vastly different in moral character from one situation to the next. 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' is a thrilling Gothic horror novel.

John Utterson, a prosecutor, is on his weekly walk with his relative, who proceeds to tell him of an encounter with a man he had seen some months ago while coming home late at night from Cavendish Place. The tale describes a sinister figure named Edward Hyde who tramples a young girl, disappears into a door on the street, and re-emerges to pay off her relatives with 10 pounds in gold and a cheque signed by respectable gentleman Dr. Henry Jekyll (a client and friend of Utterson's) for 90 pounds. Jekyll had recently and suddenly changed his will to make Hyde the sole beneficiary. This development concerns and disturbs Utterson, who makes an effort to seek out Hyde. Utterson fears that Hyde is blackmailing Jekyll for his money. Upon finally managing to encounter Hyde, Hyde's ugliness, as if deformed, amazes Utterson. Although Utterson cannot say exactly how or why, Hyde provokes an instinctive feeling of revulsion in him. Much to Utterson's surprise, Hyde willingly offers Utterson his address. After one of Jekyll's dinner parties, Utterson stays behind to discuss the matter of Hyde with Jekyll. Utterson notices Jekyll turning pale, yet he assures Utterson that everything involving Hyde is in order and that he is to be left alone.

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The Black Arrow

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The Black Arrow is a novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. It is both an historical adventure novel and a romance novel. The Black Arrow tells the story of Richard (Dick) Shelton during the Wars of the Roses: how he becomes a knight, rescues his lady Joanna Sedley, and obtains justice for the murder of his father, Sir Harry Shelton. Outlaws in Tunstall Forest organized by Ellis Duckworth, whose weapon and calling card is a black arrow, cause Dick to suspect that his guardian Sir Daniel Brackley and his retainers are responsible for his father's murder. Dick's suspicions are enough to turn Sir Daniel against him, so he has no recourse but to escape from Sir Daniel and join the outlaws of the Black Arrow against him. This struggle sweeps him up into the greater conflict surrounding them all.

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Across the Plains

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Across the Plains is the novel that will definitely keep you involved with the journey of the emigrant, as presented by the author. The minute details of the contemporary American towns and country has the power to nostalgically amuse and hanker for more of it. The movement of the emigrant train, the plains of Nebraska, the deserts of Wyoming, etc present a picture that is very hard to erase from the memory, for the observation of the author is so versatile that even a layman can steal his share as a reader. Across the Plains is considered one of the all time best novels by the author.

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Die Insel der Stimmen

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Das Werk "Die Insel der Stimmen" (engl. "The Isle of Voices") ist ein modernes hawaii­anisches Märchen des schottischen Schriftstellers Robert Louis Stevenson, das 1893 in der Sammlung "Island Nights' Entertainments" erschien.

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Das Werk "Catriona oder Die Abenteuer David Balfours daheim und in der Fremde" (engl. "Catriona") ist ein historischer Abenteuerroman des schottischen Schriftstellers Robert Louis Stevenson, der – im September 1892 auf Upolu (Samoa) vollendet – vom Oktober 1892 bis zum September 1893 in der Londoner literarischen Monatszeitschrift "Atalanta" vorabgedruckt wurde. Ebenfalls 1893 brachten Cassell in London und Scribners Söhne in New York das Werk heraus. Die deutsche Übersetzung von Marguerite Thesing erschien 1926 bei Buchenau & Reichert in Hamburg.

Eine von Stevensons Quellen soll die umfängliche Historie "Lion in Mourning" ("Der Löwe in Trauer"), verfasst von dem schottischen Bischof Robert Forbes (1708–1775), gewesen sein.

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In der Südsee II

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Das Werk "In der Südsee II" ist ein Reisebericht von Robert Louis Stevenson, veröffentlicht 1896. Der Originaltitel lautet "In the South Seas".

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (* 13. November 1850 in Edinburgh; † 3. Dezember 1894 in Vailima, nahe Apia, Samoa) war ein schottischer Schriftsteller des viktorianischen Zeitalters. Stevenson litt an Tuberkulose und wurde nur 44 Jahre alt; jedoch hinterließ er ein umfangreiches Werk von Reiseerzählungen, Abenteuerliteratur und historischen Romanen sowie Lyrik und Essays. Bekannt geworden sind vor allem der Jugendbuchklassiker "Die Schatzinsel" und die Schauernovelle "Der seltsame Fall des Dr. Jekyll und Mr. Hyde", die sich dem Phänomen der Persönlichkeitsspaltung widmet und als psychologischer Horrorroman gelesen werden kann. Einige Romane sind heute noch populär und verfilmt worden.

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Markheim

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Das Werk "Markheim" (engl. "Markheim") ist eine Erzählung des schottischen Schriftstellers Robert Louis Stevenson, die zu Weihnachten 1885 in einer Zeitschrift und dann 1887 in der Sammlung "Die tollen Männer und andere Geschichten" (engl. "The Merry Men and Other Tales and Fables") bei Chatto & Windus erschien.

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In der Südsee I

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Das Werk "In der Südsee I" ist ein Reisebericht von Robert Louis Stevenson, veröffentlicht 1896. Der Originaltitel lautet "In the South Seas".

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (* 13. November 1850 in Edinburgh; † 3. Dezember 1894 in Vailima, nahe Apia, Samoa) war ein schottischer Schriftsteller des viktorianischen Zeitalters. Stevenson litt an Tuberkulose und wurde nur 44 Jahre alt; jedoch hinterließ er ein umfangreiches Werk von Reiseerzählungen, Abenteuerliteratur und historischen Romanen sowie Lyrik und Essays. Bekannt geworden sind vor allem der Jugendbuchklassiker "Die Schatzinsel" und die Schauernovelle "Der seltsame Fall des Dr. Jekyll und Mr. Hyde", die sich dem Phänomen der Persönlichkeitsspaltung widmet und als psychologischer Horrorroman gelesen werden kann. Einige Romane sind heute noch populär und verfilmt worden.

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Die Schatzinsel

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„Fünfzehn Mann bei des Toten Kist – Johoho, und ’ne Buddel, Buddel Rum!

Suff und der Teufel holten den Rest –“

Während einer turbulenten Nacht gerät der junge Jim Hawkins an die Schatzkarte des berüchtigten Piraten Captain Flint. Bei seiner abenteuerlichen Suche nach dem sagenumwobenen Schatz trifft er auf den bösartigen Long John Silver, der alles daran setzt, den Schatz für sich zu gewinnen. Für Jim beginnt das Abenteuer seines Lebens.

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