Robert Louis Stevenson The Black Arrow

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The Black Arrow

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About The Black Arrow: By Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (1850-1894), a Scottish novelist, poet and essayist, was influential to the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, and J. M. Barrie. His most famous works include "Treasure Island" and "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". Originally intending to study engineering at the University of Edinburgh, Stevenson expended more energy dodging lectures than attending them. He shifted his studies to law, passing the bar but never actually practicing the profession. Instead he began to seek success through writing, beginning with travel novels, exploring Europe and weaving stories from his own experiences. "The Black Arrow" is a tale comparable to his most famous works, the plot swiftly carried by thrilling suspense and narrow escapes. Set during the Middle Ages, Stevenson depicts the harsh conditions of life at that time, as well as the horrors of civil war, dealing in particular with the fifteenth-century War of the Roses.

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Set in England during the fifteenth-century Wars of the Roses, this swashbuckling historical novel by the author of Treasure Island and Kidnapped tells the story of young Dick Shelton. Betrayed by his treacherous and brutal guardian, Sir Daniel Brackley, Dick seeks the help of John Amend-All, leader of the mysterious fellowship of the Black Arrow—and Brackley's sworn enemy. Pitted against fierce fighters, a treacherous priest, and Sir Daniel, Dick seeks to become a knight and rescue his true love.
Brimming with adventure, suspense, and romance, this thrilling tale presents a classic portrait of England during one of its most tumultuous eras, as Dick is pulled by his loyalties to the houses of both York and Lancaster. He must make a crucial choice, for his fate and the fate of England hang in the balance.

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Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94) studied law at Edinburgh University but was determined to become a writer. His extensive travels throughout Europe formed the basis of his first two books. Stevenson is most famous for such thrilling novels as Treasure Island (1883), Kidnapped (1886), The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886), and The Master of Ballantrae (1889). When he died, he left behind the unfinished manuscript for Weir of Hermiston.
 
Gary Hoppenstand, a professor at Michigan State University, teaches in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures. He has written introductions for two other Signet Classic editions: Baroness Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel and Rafael Sabitini’s Scaramouche. Considered the leading authority on the adventure story, he is currently writing a literary history of popular fiction. He is also president of the national Popular Culture Association and the current editor of The Journal of Popular Culture.

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