In "Kidnapped" (1886) and later fiction such as "The Master of Ballantrae" (1888), Stevenson examined some of the extreme and contrary currents of Scotland's past, often projecting a dualism of both personality and belief.
This dualism is most famous in "Kidnapped", whose two central characters are David Balfour, a Lowland Whig, and Alan Breck Stewart, a Highland Jacobite.
The novel revolves around their friendship and their differences, suggesting a metaphor for Scotland itself.
Stevenson wrote the sequel "Catriona" with the title David Balfour, but during serialisation in England the public became confused, thinking it might be a reprint of "Kidnapped".
At publisher Cassell's request, the title was changed to "Catriona", after Balfour's daughter.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: Birlinn General
- Publication Date: 01/09/2007
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781846970337