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Written in the nineteenth century Treasure Island was the beginning of Robert Louis Stevensons career as a writer While numerous critics think that his work Treasure Island was a great success there are still some that think it was not In there critiques they deal with moral concerns that the people of Stevensons tome may have had and literary excellence Maurice Hewlett says in his article in Criticism Today that Treasure Island along with many other works of Stevenson is not so wonderful a performance after all wwwwwwesterniunibgitsitiesternirlscritrechtm 30103 HLMencken says that even Stevensons most doting admirers find his literature difficult to read However in the struggle to read it Treasure Island and other works by Stevenson belong in the second rank if not first Mencken also adds that here is nothing in Treasure Island to save it and that it was empty But their ideas are seldom notable either for vigor or originality wwwwwwesterniunibgitsitiesternirlscritrechtm 30103 Stevenson himself admits in a letter to Sidney Colvin that he borrowed ideas for his own pieces of work from others Still after admitting that he gains a number of fans including William Gladstone 1809-1898 who served as the British Prime Minister for four terms between 1865 and 1894 as one of his greatest fans Apparently it is written well enough to gain fans throughout England So it must be a somewhat good piece of literature William Blackburn writes in his essay Much of Treasure Island is in brilliantly handled dramatic dialogue salty enough to convey the tang of piratical talk yet chaste enough to pass muster with the most respectable of parents Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism Vol 63 pp253 It is so wonderfully written that it is suitable for all ages For example to clarify something before misunderstanding he uses brief interjections from the narrator or a more mature character This is especially helpful to the young reader Blackburn writes that Treasure Island is brilliantly handled with its interweaving
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