Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 96 pages, 8.25 × 5.19 × 0.25 in
Published: November 24, 2011
Publisher: Dover Publications
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0486293548
ISBN - 13: 9780486293547
About the Book
Fast-paced action, high adventure and gripping drama when young
David Balfour joins forces with a Scottish rebel who has a price on
his head. Specially abridged for young readers.
From the Publisher
In a tale of high adventure and gripping drama, young David
Balfour struggles to regain his rightful inheritance after being
kidnapped, sent to sea, and shipwrecked. The story of his harrowing
experiences and dangerous relationship with a Scottish rebel who
has a price on his head has thrilled countless readers.
About the Author
Novelist, poet, and essayist Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. A sickly child, Stevenson was an invalid for part of his childhood and remained in ill health throughout his life. He began studying engineering at Edinburgh University but soon switched to law. His true inclination, however, was for writing. For several years after completing his studies, Stevenson traveled on the Continent, gathering ideas for his writing. His Inland Voyage (1878) and Travels with a Donkey (1878) describe some of his experiences there. A variety of essays and short stories followed, most of which were published in magazines. It was with the publication of Treasure Island in 1883, however, that Stevenson achieved wide recognition and fame. This was followed by his most successful adventure story, Kidnapped, which appeared in 1886. With stories such as Treasure Island and Kidnapped, Stevenson revived Daniel Defoe's novel of romantic adventure, adding to it psychological analysis. While these stories and others, such as David Balfour and The Master of Ballantrae (1889), are stories of adventure, they are at the same time fine studies of character. The Master of Ballantrae, in particular, is a study of evil character, and this study is taken even further in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886). In 1887 Stevenson and his wife, Fanny, went to the United States, first to the health spas of Saranac Lake, New York, and then on to the West Coast. From there they set out
From Our Editors
After being kidnapped by his villainous uncle, sixteen-year-old David Balfour escapes and becomes involved in the struggle of the Scottish highlanders against English rule.