Robert Louis Stevenson: Today is his Anniversary

Robert Louis Stevenson: Today is his Anniversary
Isabel del Rio

Robert Louis Stevenson: Today, November 13, is the anniversary of one of the best writers of 19th century.

Portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson

Portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On November 13, 1850, Robert Louis Stevenson was born. Today is his anniversary. Happy birthday, boy!

Who was Robert Louis Stevenson?

He was born in Edinburgh (Scotland) on 13 November 1850, from a very respectable family. At the age of seventeen he enrolled at Edinburgh University to study engineering, as his father. However, he abandoned this course of studies and made the compromise of studying law. He passed advocate but did not practice since by then he wanted to be a writer.

In 1878, Stevenson published his first volume, An Inland Voyage. It is an account of the journey he made by canoe from Antwerp to northern France. A year later, he published a companion book Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes.

Fanny, an independent American woman, will meet him in Paris. They fell in love, she divorced and Stevenson moved to California writinng some of the best of his production. The Amateur Emigrant (written 1879-80, published in part in 1883 and in full in 1895), and The Silverado Squatters (1883), an account of his three week honeymoon at an abandoned silver mine in California.

Of course, Stevenson has also an important place in the history of the short story but maybe is Adventure and Children Literature what have made him famous: Treasure Island, The Black Arrow, Kidnapped and its continuation Catriona. The Master of Ballantrae…

Romantic, Stevenson’s decision to sail around the Pacific in 1888, living on various islands for short periods, was another turning point in his life. He wanted to collect material for an anthropological and historical work on the South Seas which was never fully completed.

Always a man of different facets, Robert Louis Stevenson is the great author of Soctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde.

He died in December 1894 and was buried in Samoa. Yes, a Romantic man!

Happy Birthday!

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  • great article on a great writer – i always love reading your “inside stories” of these great characters!

Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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