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Robert Louis Stevenson (Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson)

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks among the 26 most translated authors in the world.

Works

  • New Arabian Nights
  • The Merry Men and Other Tales and Fables
  • Island Nights' Entertainments
  • Treasure Island

Politics

Much like his father, Stevenson remained a staunch Tory for most of his life. His cousin and biographer, Sir Graham Balfour, said that "he probably throughout life would, if compelled to vote, have always supported the Conservative candidate."During his college years he briefly identified himself as a "red-hot socialist". By 1877, at only twenty-six years of age and before having written most of his major fictional works, Stevenson reflected: "For my part, I look back to the time when I was a Socialist with something like regret. I have convinced myself (for the moment) that we had better leave these great changes to what we call great blind forces: their blindness being so much more perspicacious than the little, peering, partial eyesight of men [...] Now I know that in thus turning Conservative with years, I am going through the normal cycle of change and travelling in the common orbit of men's opinions. I submit to this, as I would submit to gout or gray hair, as a concomitant of growing age or else of failing animal heat; but I do not acknowledge that it is necessarily a change for the better—I dare say it is deplorably for the worse."

Party affiliation: Tory Party

Views

Quotations: Memories is a magical clothes that do not wear out from use.

Membership

  • Speculative Society (an exclusive debating club)

Personality

Interests

Travelling

Connections

  • Son: Lloyd Osbourne - Scottish - novelists
  • Daughter: Isobel
  • Wife: Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne
  • co-editor: Charles Warren Stoddard
Robert Stevenson
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Born November 13, 1850
Died December 3, 1894
(aged 44)
Nationality
Ethnicity:
  • 1857 - 1858
    Mr Henderson's school in India Street, Edinburgh
  • 1861
    Edinburgh Academy
  • 1863
    English boarding school at Spring Grove
  • 1864
    Robert Thomson's private school
  • November, 1867
    University of Edinburgh
  • 1877
    novelist, poet, essayist and travel writer
    Europe, USA, Scotland

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