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RLS Kidnapped 1886 US
First American edition, New York: Scribner's Sons, 1886
Author Robert Louis Stevenson
Country United Kingdom
Language English, Lowland Scots
Genre Adventure novel
Historical novel
Publisher Cassell and Company Ltd
Publication date
Pages 136

Kidnapped is a historical fiction adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, written as a boys' novel and first published in the magazine Young Folks from May to July 1886.

The novel has attracted the praise and admiration of writers as diverse as Henry James, Jorge Luis Borges, and Hilary Mantel. A sequel, Catriona, was published in 1893.

The narrative is written in English with some dialogue in Lowland Scots.

Kidnapped is set around real 18th-century Scottish events, notably the "Appin murder", which occurred in the aftermath of the Jacobite rising of 1745. Many of the characters are real people. The political situation of the time is portrayed from multiple viewpoints.

The novel has been adapted a number of times, and in multiple media. Film and television versions have been made in 1917, 1938, 1948, 1960, 1971, 1978, 1986, 1995 and 2005. Marvel Illustrated published a comic book version in 2007–2008.

A four-part adaptation was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1985. A more recent two-part adaptation was broadcast also on BBC Radio 4 in 2016.

As part of the events to celebrate Edinburgh becoming the first UNESCO City of Literature, three versions of Kidnapped were made freely available by being left in public places around the city; throughout February 2007, 25,000 copies of the novel were distributed in that way.

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