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A pirate with a parrot on his shoulder; "X marks the spot"; buried treasure and of course.... Long John Silver.

These familiar associations with pirates can all be traced back to this adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson,originally serialized in the children's magazine Young Folks between 1881–82 under the title Treasure Island or, the mutiny of the Hispaniola with Stevenson adopting the pseudonym Captain George North.
Traditionally considered a coming-of-age story, the books is an adventure tale known 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 now and then. It is one of the most frequently dramatized of all novels and has been the subject of numerous films.

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (1850 – 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer, known first of all for Teeasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Already a literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks among the 26 most translated authors in the world. Literary admirers of his work include Jorge Luis Borges, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Marcel Schwob, Vladimir Nabokov, J. M. Barrie, and G. K. Chesterton, who said of him that he "seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins."

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