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Robert Michael Ballantyne

About the Author Robert Michael Ballantyne (1825 - 1894) was a Scottish author of juvenile fiction who wrote more than 100 books. Ballantyne was born in Edinburgh and became a newspaper editor and printer in the family firm of -Ballantyne & Co-. A UK-wide banking crisis in 1825 resulted in the collapse of the Ballantyne printing business the following year with debts of 130,000, which led to a decline in the family's fortunes. Ballantyne went to Canada aged 16, and traded with the local Native...See more