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    Them that die'll be the lucky ones.
        -Treasure Island

The last few pirate movies (Hook and Cutthroat Island among them) have bombed so disastrously at the box office that it's hard to tell whether it was simply because they weren't very good or whether kids have abandoned the genre.  I certainly hope it's the former, I'd hate to think that kids today are missing out on all the great pirate tales that we used to thrill too.  Foremost of these was, of course, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

I may well be wrong here, but it seems to me that Stevenson pioneered one of the central techniques of children's literature ; placing a child at the center of what might otherwise be a typical adult adventure novel.  This simple but ingenious idea gives kids a character to identify with and allows the author to write from the child's perspective.

In the case of Treasure Island, young Jim Hawkins narrates the story of how he and Squire Trelawney, Dr. Livesey, and the enigmatic Long John Silver ended up on board the Hispaniola, looking for the lost treasure of the notorious pirate Captain John Flint.  Packed with betrayals, battles, mutinies, and even a parrot squawking "Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight!", the book is the source for many of the enduring and beloved clichés of the genre.

This is a classic that each generation should discover anew.  Heck, if enough kids start reading it again, maybe Hollywood will even take another crack at a pirate movie, this time a decent one.

(Reviewed:)

Grade: (A+)


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Robert Stevenson (2 books reviewed)
Classics
Sea Stories
Robert Stevenson Links:

    -WIKIPEDIA: Robert Louis Stevenson
    -WIKIPEDIA: Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
    -AUTHOR SITE: Robert Louis Stevenson Website
    -FILMOGRAPHY: Robert Louis Stevenson (IMDB)
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-AUDIO BOOK: Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (LibriVox)
    -AUDIO BOOK: Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (You Tube)
    -FILM: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) [Silent Movie] (You Tube)
    -TV VIDEO: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2003)
    -TV PLAY: Jekyll and Hyde: The True Story (2004)
    -ENTRY: Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (British Library)
    -ENTRY: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: novella by Stevenson (Vicky Lebeau, May 14, 2020, Encyclopædia Britannica)
    -ENTRY: Robert Louis Stevenson (Charlotte Barrett, University of Oxford)
    -STUDY GUIDE: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Robert Louis Stevenson (Spark Notes)
    -STUDY GUIDE: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Study.com)
    -STUDY GUIDE: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (BBC: GCSE)
    -ETEXT: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (Lit2Go)
    -TEACHER GUIDE: How to teach … The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: Our lesson resources and ideas will help you replace George, Lennie and Curley with Robert Louis Stevenson’s haunting tale (Zofia Niemtus, 12 Oct 2015, The Guardian)
    -VIDEO LECTURE: Jekyll and Hyde: Science and Scandal (Caroline McCracken-Flesher, Department of English chair and professor, 12/05/11, University of Wyoming)
    -VIDEO LECTURE: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: understanding other people’s actions (Dr James Kilner, 20 Nov 2014, UCL Institute of Neurology)
    -VIDEO COURSE: Stevenson: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Lecturer: Prof. Nick Groom – Exeter University)
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-ESSAY: The Double Life of Robert Louis Stevenson: His books still live for children and, the author argues, for adults as well (MARGOT LIVESEY, NOVEMBER 1994, The Atlantic)
The blaze of hagiography in which he died seems to have incited critics to special fury. F. R. Leavis, in The Great Tradition, dismissed Stevenson as a romantic writer guilty of fine writing, and the critical community in general has designated him a minor author not worthy of the serious admiration that we accord his friend Henry James. People comment with amazement that Borges and Nabokov liked his work. This year marks the centenary of Stevenson's death, and I am not alone in believing that it is time to reconsider his reputation.

    -ESSAY: The story of Dr Jekyll, Mr Hyde and Fanny, the angry wife who burned the first draft (John Ezard, 24 Oct 2000, the Guardian)
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-ESSAY: Jekyll/Hyde (Joyce Carol Oates, Winter 1988, The Hudson Review)
    -ESSAY: Robert Louis Stevenson: 10 strange facts about Jekyll and Hyde author (Martin Chilton, 3 DECEMBER 2015, The Telegraph)
    -ARTICLE: The terrifying ‘psychopath’ who inspired ‘Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde’ (Todd Venezia, November 6, 2016, NY Post)
    -ESSAY: The beast within: Freudian fable, sexual morality tale, gay allegory - Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novella of duality has inspired as many interpretations as it has film adaptations (James Campbell, 12 Dec 2008, The Guardian)
"Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" belongs to everyone who has ever referred to themselves in the third person, or cursed their own "split personality", or praised their "better nature". The poet Hugo Williams has compressed the essence into a single line - "God give me strength to lead a double life" - a plea to be in two places at once, not necessarily legitimately, without the inconvenience of a guilty conscience.

    -ARTICLE: Real-life Jekyll & Hyde who inspired Stevenson's classic (The Newsroom, 7th November 2016, The Scotsman)
    -ESSAY: A study in dualism: The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Shubh M. Singh and Subho Chakrabarti, July-Sep 2008, Indian Journal of Psychiatry)
    -ESSAY: The Sedulous Ape: Atavism, Professionalism, and Stevenson's "Jekyll and Hyde" (STEPHEN D. ARATA, Spring 1995, Criticism)
    -ESSAY: R. L. STEVENSON'S "STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE" AND ROMANS 7: 14—25: IMAGES OF THE MORAL DUALITY OF HUMAN NATURE (Larry Kreitzer, June 1992, Literature and Theology)
    -ESSAY: DUALITY: STEVENSON’S JEKYLL AND HYDE- A ‘FINE LINE’ DOESN’T EXIST (Madison Sullivan, December 12, 2019, British Literature Course Blog)
    -ESSAY: The Anxiety of the Unforseen in Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Ben D. Fuller, 2016, Inquiries)
    -ESSAY: The Creepy Cabinet That Inspired Jekyll and Hyde: How a piece of furniture informed an iconic horror story. (ERIC GRUNDHAUSER, OCTOBER 12, 2017, Atlas Obscura)
    -EXCERPT: Chapter 1 - Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde and the double brain (Popular Fiction and Brain Science in the Late Nineteenth Century, January 2012, Anne Stiles)
    -ESSAY: "Closer than an Eye": The Interconnection of Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Colin Manlove, 1988, Studies in Scottish Literature)
    -ESSAY: A Reading of Nabokov's "That in Aleppo Once..." (Alexander N. Drescher, Zembla)
    -ESSAY: Vladimir Nabokov's lecture on Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Little White Attic, 4/05/15)
    -ESSAY: ‘The Shadow and the Law’: Stevenson, Nabokov and Dostoevsky (Rose France, 12/01/2018, Studies in Scottish Literature)
    -ESSAY: Two versions of death: the transformation of the literary corpse in Kafka and Stevenson (Chris Danta, 11 Aug 2006, Textual Practice)
    -ESSAY: Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: A Case-Study in Translation? (Richard Scholar, 1998, Translation and Literature)
    -ESSAY: Dr Jekyll and a not so wicked Mr Hyde: how a portrait of evil was toned down (Dalya Alberge, 14 Apr 2012, The Observer)
    -ESSAY: The Stain on the Mirror: Pauline Reflections in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Kevin Mills, June 1, 2004, Christianity & Literature)
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-ARCHIVES: Robert Louis Stevenson (The Guardian)
    -ARCHIVES: TAG ARCHIVE: ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON (BRITISH LITERATURE 1700-1900, A COURSE BLOG ENGL 2313 LED BY LISSETTE LOPEZ SZWYDKY)
    -ARCHIVES: "jekyll hyde" (JSTOR)
    -REVIEW: of Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (Ian Rankin, The Guardian)
    -REVIEW: of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Times [uk], 25 January 1886)
    -REVIEW: of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Andrew Lang, 1886, Saturday Review)
    -REVIEW: of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (April Edwards, Victorian Science Fiction)
    -REVIEW: of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (The long Victorian)
    -REVIEW: of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Laura, The Book Habit)
    -REVIEW: of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Floresiensis, Fantasy Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Victoria Addis)
    -REVIEW: of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (The Guardian)
    -REVIEW: of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (David Steffen, Diabolical Plots)
    -REVIEW: of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (A Literary Life)
    -REVIEW: of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (MuggleNet)
    -REVIEW: of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (rishika, Book Review Station)
    -REVIEW: of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Madi Ryan, Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde book)
    -REVIEW: of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Book Nook Reviews)
    -REVIEW: of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Creature from the Book Lagoon)
    -REVIEW: of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Zarah Parker, Memoir of a Writer)
    -REVIEW: of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Journal of Education, 9/01/1920)
    -REVIEW: of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Hans-Peter Breuer, MFS Modern Fiction Studies)
    -REVIEW ESSAY: Victorian Reviews of Jekyll and Hyde: Observations and Reflections (Renata Kobetts Miller, Ph.D., Professor of English and Deputy Dean of Humanities and the Arts at the City College of New York)
    -REVIEW: of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Frances Carden, Readers Lane)
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Book-related and General Links:
   
-ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA : stevenson, robert louis
    -ETEXTS : Robert Louis Stevenson (Bibliomania)
    -ETEXT : Treasure Island (Literature Project)
    -The Robert Louis Stevenson Club (Edinburgh)
    -The Robert Louis Stevenson Web Site ( Richard Dury, Università di Bergam)
    -Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850-1894 (Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina)
    -ESSAY : The story of Dr Jekyll, Mr Hyde and Fanny, the angry wife who burned the first draft (John Ezard, October 25, 2000, The Guardian )
    -ARCHIVES : Robert Louis Stevenson (Find Articles)
    -ARCHIVES : Robert Louis Stevenson (Mag Portal)
    -Treasure Island (Connecting Students)
    -Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island Online (Fern Canyon Press)
    -Treasure Island Web Site
    -STUDY GUIDE : TREASURE ISLAND  by Robert Louis Stevenson (Dreamcatchers)
    -ClassicNotes: Treasure Island
    -LINKS : Stevenson, Robert Louis : 13 November 1850 - 3 December 1894 (Lit Gothic)
    -REVIEW : of The Life of Robert Louis Stevenson. By  GRAHAM BALFOUR (1901) (Bradford Torrey, June 1902, Atlantic Monthly)
    -REVIEW : of Louis: A Life of Robert Louis Stevenson by Philip Callow (Jonathan Bate, booksonline)
    -REVIEW : of  Louis: A Life of Robert Louis Stevenson by Philip Callow (MALINDA NASH, Houston Chronicle)
    -REVIEW : of Louis: A Life of Robert Louis Stevenson by Philip Callow (Elizabeth Routen, Critique)
    -REVIEW : of The Lighthouse Stevensons by Bella Bathurst (Richard Cook, The Guardian)

FILMS :
    -FILMOGRAPHY : Robert Louis Stevenson (Imdb.com)
    -INFO : Treasure Island (1934) (Imdb.com)
    -REVIEW : of The Suicide Club (Game of Death) (Peter Stack, SF Chronicle)

Recommended books by Robert Louis Stevenson :
    -Treasure Island (1881)
    -Kidnapped (1886)
    -Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886)
    -The Master of Ballantrae (1889)