author : Robert Louis Stevenson
illustrator : Louis Rhead
first published : 14 November 1883 by Cassell & Co.
Green palm trees and sapphire seas, buccaneers and buried gold
On a rainy day in Scotland, Stevenson and his stepson Lloyd Osbourne, were amusing themselves talking about a map of an imaginary, romantic island. Stevenson later said that, “It was to be a story for boys; no need of psychology or fine writing; and I had a boy at hand to be a touchstone. Women were excluded… and then I had an idea for Long John Silver from which I promised myself funds of entertainment; to take an admired friend of mine… to deprive him of all his finer qualities and higher graces of temperament, and to leave him with nothing but his strength, his courage, his quickness, and his magnificent geniality, and to try to express these in terms of the culture of a raw tarpaulin.”
Sea novels were popular during the 19th century, more specifically,the navy yarn, and the desert island romance. Adventurous situations, shipwrecks, pirates, survival. Treasure Island is one of the best examples of this era and one of the best adventure-classic books. The book was originally serialized in the children’s magazine Young Folks between 1881 through 1882