Kidnapped and Robert Louis Stevenson online at National Library

Robert Louis Stevenson fans can look forward to 28 February when they will be able to view the first edition of 'Kidnapped' as it goes live on the National Library of Scotland's website.

The entire first published English edition of 'Kidnapped', dated 1886, has been digitised and is available to read online page by page, with the added benefit of being text searchable.

'Kidnapped' is a new feature on the Library's redesigned and enhanced Robert Louis Stevenson site, where, in addition to reading the novel, you can discover more about Stevenson's life and work, see photographs from his time in the South Seas, illustrations from some of his manuscripts, and much more.

Also of interest to Stevenson fans, the National Library recently purchased Cam Kennedy's artwork for the graphic novel of 'Kidnapped'. This re-telling of the classic adventure story has been described as 'a stunning adaptation' produced by 'the absolute dream team' of Cam Kennedy and writer Alan Grant, published by Ron Grosset. The Library will shortly add more of the original material to its collections.

'Kidnapped' is a classic of Scottish fiction. First published in 1886, it has remained in print ever since, and been adapted many times for film and television. It is both a gripping adventure story and a book filled with ideas and historical details about Scotland after the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 drawn from Stevenson's earlier research.


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27 February 2007

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