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Travels with a Donkey gives the reader a rare glimpse of the character of the author, and the journalistic and often comical style of writing is in refreshing contrast to Stevenson's more famous works. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Le roman raconte les aventures du jeune chevalier en herbe Richard Shelton, pupille de Sir Daniel Brackley, Lord of Tunstall - et un défenseur intéressé et peu fiable de la cause de Lancaster - qui, ayant perdu son père dans des circonstances étranges, il sert sous Sir Daniel et parcourt le pays sauvage avec les messages de son maître. Nous sommes à l'approche de la bataille de Shoreby, et dans l'abbaye en ruine voisine de Holywood se cache la confrérie de The Black Arrow, dont le capitaine, le mystérieux John Amend-all (John Fixes-all), un justicier vengeur a terrifié les autorités locales, car leurs flèches noires précises, accompagnées d'un message, promettent de réclamer la vie de quatre personnages maléfiques : « Vous recevrez tous les quatre ce qui est juste / une flèche noire dans votre cœur noir »…
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L'écrivain écossais Robert Louis Stevenson, né à Édimbourg le 13 novembre 1850, est considéré comme l'un des classiques de la littérature du XIXe siècle.
La littérature de Stevenson se concentre sur les romans fantastiques et d'aventure, résultant en une excellente production qui lui vaudra un succès populaire. Des œuvres telles que Treasure Island (1883), The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) ou Black Arrow (1888) ont été traduites dans des dizaines de langues et adaptées pour le cinéma, le théâtre ou la télévision dans une multitude d'occasions.
En raison de sa santé fragile, Stevenson a parcouru le monde à la recherche de climats plus sains, devenant un expert en littérature et essais de voyage.
Ses dernières années se passent aux îles Samoa, où il meurt le 3 décembre 1894.
Alma Junior Classics series of illustrated classics includes some of the greatest books ever written for younger readers and new translations of unjustly neglected international works. Our aim is to give our list an international feel and offer young readers to opportunity to connect with other cultures and literatures – this applies not only to the titles we chose but also to the illustrators we commission – so that we can bring a bit of novelty into the canon of British children’s literature. All children’s classics contain extra material for young readers, including a profile of the author, a section on the book, a list of characters, a glossary and a test-yourself quiz.
Mr. Utterson, it turns out, is Dr. Jekyll’s lawyer, and we find out that in the event of Dr. Jekyll’s death or disappearance, his entire estate is to be turned over to Mr. Hyde. Mr. Utterson, who thinks highly of Dr. Jekyll, is extremely suspicious of this whole arrangement. He resolves to get to the bottom of this mystery. He hunts down Mr. Hyde and is suitably impressed with the evil just oozing out of his pores. He then asks Dr. Jekyll about these odd arrangements. Dr. Jekyll refuses to comment, and there the matter rests until "nearly a year later."
Cut to "nearly a year later." A prominent politician is brutally beaten to death. The murder is conveniently witnessed by a maid, who points to evil-oozing Mr. Hyde as the culprit. Everyone tries to hunt down this evil man, but with no success. Meanwhile, Dr. Jekyll is in great health and spirits; he entertains his friends (among them one Dr. Lanyon), gives dinner parties, and attends to his religious duties.
Two months later, both Dr. Lanyon and Dr. Jekyll fall terribly ill, and claim to have irrevocably quarreled with each other. Dr. Lanyon dies, leaving mysterious documents in Mr. Utterson’s possession, to be opened only if Dr. Jekyll dies or disappears. Dr. Jekyll remains in seclusion, despite frequent visits from Mr. Utterson.
Finally, one evening, Dr. Jekyll’s butler visits Mr. Utterson at home. He’s worried about his master and is convinced of foul play. The butler persuades Mr. Utterson to return to Dr. Jekyll’s house, where they break into Dr. Jekyll’s laboratory. They find Mr. Hyde dead on the floor, with Dr. Jekyll nowhere to be found.
Mr. Utterson finds several documents left to him, and goes back home to read both Mr. Lanyon’s narrative and Dr. Jekyll’s narrative, which, it turns out, are two parts of the same story. Since we’re at the end of the story, author Robert Louis Stevenson figured it was about time to tell us what happened at the beginning. So we discover (through the documents left by the dead men) the following: by means of a potion, Dr. Jekyll was able to transform into Mr. Hyde and give into a world of pleasure and self-serving crime. In his narrative, Dr. Jekyll writes that Mr. Hyde became ever more powerful and ever harder to control—in essence, the dominant personality.
This edition also contains a biographical profile of Stevenson written by English poet and critic Edmund William Gosse (1849-1928) in 1911.
Stevenson was in his late 20s and still dependent on his parents for support. His journey was designed to provide material for publication while allowing him to distance himself from a love affair with an American woman of which his friends and families did not approve and who had returned to her husband in California.
Travels recounts Stevenson's 12-day, 200-kilometre (120 mi) solo hiking journey through the sparsely populated and impoverished areas of the Cévennes mountains in south-central France in 1878. The terrain, with its barren rocky heather-filled hillsides, he often compared to parts of Scotland. The other principal character is Modestine, a stubborn, manipulative donkey he could never quite master. It is one of the earliest accounts to present hiking and camping outdoors as a recreational activity. It also tells of commissioning one of the first sleeping bags, large and heavy enough to require a donkey to carry. Stevenson is several times mistaken for a peddler, the usual occupation of someone traveling in his fashion. Some locals are horrified that he would sleep outdoors and suggest it is dangerous to do so because of wolves or robbers. Stevenson provides the reader with the philosophy behind his undertaking
When young Jim Hawkins decides to follow a map to buried treasure, he must befriend or outsmart memorable characters such as pirate Long John Silver, captain Billy Bones, and island man Ben Gunn. Mutinous plans, mysterious deaths, and a tangle of double crosses keep Jim guessing all the way to the prize.
Inspired by real-life seafarers, Stevenson captures the adventurous spirit of the times and the imagination of readers, young and old alike.
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