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Robert Louis Stevenson - Biography & Works


An Inland Voyage

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Treasure Island

Robert Louis StevensonRobert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) is a well-known Scottish book author, essayist, and poet. Stevenson’s best-known works include the “Treasure Island” and “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”.

Stevenson was born in Edinburgh on November 13, 1850. In 1867, at age of seventeen, he entered Edinburgh University to study engineering. Stevenson discontinued his engineering education later and started studying law. He 'passed advocate' in 1875 but he never practiced.

Stevenson published his first volume “An Inland Voyage” in 1878, which was followed by “Travels With A Donkey In The Cervennes” next year.

In 1879 Robert Louis Stevenson relocated to California with his future wife Fanny Osbourne, whom he had met in France. Stevenson married Fanny in 1880 and they returned to Scotland.

Stevenson most famous works are the romantic adventure story “Treasure Island”, which was published in 1883 and “Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde” (1886).

Stevenson moved with his family to Samoan islands in 1889. While living there he wrote “In the South Seas” published in 1896, “The Wrecker” (1892), and The Ebb-Tide (1894).

Stevenson died on December 3, 1894, and was buried at the top of Mount Vaea above his home on Samoa. His last work, “Weir Of Hermiston” (1896), was uncompleted.

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