Robert Louis Stevenson


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Original Name Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland
Death 3 Dec 1894 (aged 44)
Vailima, Tuamasaga, Samoa
Burial Vailima, Tuamasaga, Samoa
Memorial ID 3770 View Source

Scottish Author and Poet. He received world acclaim for his novels "Treasure Island" (1883), "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1886), "Kidnapped" (1886), and his children's poem collection "A Child's Garden of Verses" (1885). Born Robert Lewis Balfour Stevenson (he later changed the spelling of his middle name to Louis and dropped the 2nd middle name), he was the only child of a lighthouse engineer, and he suffered from chronic illness as a child. In November 1867 he enrolled at Edinburgh University to study engineering, but soon realized that writing was his real passion. He sought any refuge that would give him relief from his chronic illness, including the French Rivera, to America (mainly California), and finally to the South Pacific. It was in France where he first met Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne, an older woman with three children from a previous marriage, and they married in May 1880 during his stay in California. While searching the South Pacific for the perfect climate, he stopped in Honolulu, Hawaii, which led to his famous visit to the leper settlement at Molokai. In 1889 he finally found his paradise on the Island of Samoa, high on the slope of Mount Vaca where he constructed a large house and dubbed the estate "Vailima" (Five Rivers). While sitting on the veranda with his wife, he suffered from what was probably a brain hemorrhage and he died at the age of 44 and was interred at the summit of Mount Vaca.. His other notable works include his novels "The Black Arrow: A Tale of Two Roses" (1888), "The Master of Ballantrae: A Writer's Tale" (1889), "The Wrong Box" (1889 - co-written with his stepson Lloyd Osbourne), "The Wrecker" (1892 - co-written with Lloyd Osbourne), "Catriona" (1893), and "The Ebb Tide" (1894 - co-written with Lloyd Osbourne). Many of his novels were later immortalized on the silver screen. A bronze cenotaph in his honor by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens resides in the Moray aisle of the Saint Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Bio by: William Bjornstad


Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.

This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.

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  • Added: 31 Oct 1998
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