The Blue Lagoon
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The Blue Lagoon
By H. De Vere Stacpoole
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"Early in 1907 one night, lying awake and pondering on the extraordinary world we live in, the idea came to me of what it must have been like to the cave men who had no language and for whom a sunset had no name tacked on to it, a storm no name, life no name, death no name and birth no name, and the idea came to me of two children, knowing nothing about any of these things, Čnding themselves alone on a desert island facing these nameless wonders." Thus Henry de Vere Stacpoole described the inspiration for his runaway bestseller of 1908, "The Blue Lagoon." Arthur Lestrange embarks on a sea voyage for his health, taking with him his young son Richard and niece Emmeline. But when the ship catches fire and its passengers flee in lifeboats, the family becomes separated, and the two children wash ashore on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific. Accompanied only by an old Irish sailor, Dick and Em must learn to adapt and survive in their new home. But the idyllic beauty of their tropical island belies the danger that surrounds them as they come to terms with forces they cannot understand: life, death, and their growing love for one another. A huge success on both sides of the Atlantic when first published, Stacpoole's romance returns to print in this first-ever scholarly edition by Adrienne E. Gavin. This edition features an introduction, notes, and a chronology of Stacpoole's life and career, as well as the unabridged text of the first edition and a cover illustration by Willy Pogany from the rare 1910 edition. As Professor Gavin notes in her introduction, Stacpoole's tale of escape from the pressures of modern life and return to a simple life close to nature has lost none of its appeal in the century since its publication; in fact, it may be more relevant today than ever.

Table of Contents
  • The Blue lagoon: A Romance
  • The Blue lagoon: A Romance
    • CONTENTS
    • BOOK I
    • PART I
    • PART II
    • PART III
    • BOOK II
    • PART I
    • PART II
    • BOOK III
  • THE BLUE LAGOON
    • BOOK I
    • PART I
      • CHAPTER I
      • WHERE THE SLUSH LAMP BURNS
      • CHAPTER II
      • UNDER THE STARS
      • CHAPTER III
      • THE SHADOW AND THE FIRE
      • CHAPTER IV
      • AND LIKE A DREAM DISSOLVED
      • CHAPTER V
      • VOICES HEARD IN THE MIST
      • CHAPTER VI
      • DAWN ON A WIDE, WIDE SEA
      • CHAPTER VII
      • STORY OF THE PIG AND THE BILLY-GOAT
      • CHAPTER VIII
      • "S-H-E-N-A-N-D-O-A-H"
      • CHAPTER IX
      • SHADOWS IN THE MOONLIGHT
      • CHAPTER X
      • THE TRAGEDY OF THE BOATS
    • PART II
      • CHAPTER XI
      • THE ISLAND
      • CHAPTER XII
      • THE LAKE OF AZURE
      • CHAPTER XIII
      • DEATH VEILED WITH LICHEN
      • CHAPTER XIV
      • ECHOES OF FAIRY-LAND
      • CHAPTER XV
      • FAIR PICTURES IN THE BLUE
    • PART III
      • CHAPTER XVI
      • THE POETRY OF LEARNING
      • CHAPTER XVII
      • THE DEVIL'S CASK
      • CHAPTER XVIII
      • THE RAT HUNT
      • CHAPTER XIX
      • STARLIGHT ON THE FOAM
      • CHAPTER XX
      • THE DREAMER ON THE REEF
      • CHAPTER XXI
      • THE GARLAND OF FLOWERS
      • CHAPTER XXII
      • ALONE
      • CHAPTER XXIII
      • THEY MOVE AWAY
    • BOOK II
    • PART I
      • CHAPTER I
      • UNDER THE ARTU TREE
      • CHAPTER II
      • HALF CHILD—HALF SAVAGE
      • CHAPTER III
      • THE DEMON OF THE REEF
      • CHAPTER IV
      • WHAT BEAUTY CONCEALED
      • CHAPTER V
      • THE SOUND OF A DRUM
      • CHAPTER VI
      • SAILS UPON THE SEA
      • CHAPTER VII
      • THE SCHOONER
      • CHAPTER VIII
      • LOVE STEPS IN
      • CHAPTER IX
      • THE SLEEP OF PARADISE
    • PART II
      • CHAPTER X
      • AN ISLAND HONEYMOON
      • CHAPTER XI
      • THE VANISHING OF EMMELINE
      • CHAPTER XII
      • THE VANISHING OF EMMELINE (continued)
      • CHAPTER XIII
      • THE NEWCOMER
      • CHAPTER XIV
      • HANNAH
      • CHAPTER XV
      • THE LAGOON OF FIRE
      • CHAPTER XVI
      • THE CYCLONE
      • CHAPTER XVII
      • THE STRICKEN WOODS
      • CHAPTER XVIII
      • A FALLEN IDOL
      • CHAPTER XIX
      • THE EXPEDITION
      • CHAPTER XX
      • THE KEEPER OF THE LAGOON
      • CHAPTER XXI
      • THE HAND OF THE SEA
      • CHAPTER XXII
      • TOGETHER
    • BOOK III
      • CHAPTER I
      • MAD LESTRANGE
      • CHAPTER II
      • THE SECRET OF THE AZURE
      • CHAPTER III
      • CAPTAIN FOUNTAIN
      • CHAPTER IV
      • DUE SOUTH
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