The Blue Lagoon

by H. De Vere Stacpoole (1863-1951)

Two shipwrecked children grow up on a South Pacific island. This beautiful story of adventure and innocent love was H.D. Stacpoole’s most popular work.

Parents who may have seen the Hollywood film need not be anxious about the book’s suitability for kids — the author’s treatment of adolescent sexuality is almost mystical and very mild. The story of The Blue Lagoon (1908) continues in The Garden of God (1923) and The Gates of Morning (1925). A ship’s doctor, Henry De Vere Stacpoole (1863–1951) published over 90 works of fiction, poetry, autobiography, and translation. (Summary by Adrian Praetzellis)

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