His theme of writing was fiction and travel. Thomas Stevenson was a successful lighthouse engineer or a civil engineer in Edinburgh. Robert grew up as an unhealthy child which made his schooling difficult.
His father was Thomas Stevenson and grandfather was Robert Stevenson, both successful lighthouse engineers, and his mother was Margaret Balfour. He studied at Edinburgh Academy in his youth.
His parents were both very religious. Robert gave up the religion of his parents while studying at the University of Edinburgh, but the teaching that he received as a child continued to influence him.
He actually took up a branch of Christianity called Calvinism as his new religion in college.
Although ill with tuberculosis from childhood, Stevenson had a full life. He began his education as an engineer but, despite his family history, he showed little aptitude and soon switched to studying law. At the age of 18 he dropped the name Balfour and changed his middle name from Lewis to Louis but retaining the original pronunciation ; from this time on he began styling himself Rls.
He turned to the law because of poor health, but he never practised.
He ended his life as a tribal leader called by his tribe Tusitala, meaning "storyteller" in Samoa and plantation owner at his residence "Vailima" in Samoa, all this in addition to his literary career. His wife Fanny Vandegrift Osbourne, whom he married inwas a great support in his adventurous and arduous life.
Stevenson made several trips to the Kingdom of Hawaii and became a good friend of King David Kalakaua with whom Stevenson spent much time. Since the tragic deaths of both Stevenson and Kaiulani, historians have debated the true nature of their relationship as to whether or not they had romantic feelings for each other.
Because of the age difference, such stories have often been discredited. InStevenson travelled to the island of Molokai just weeks after the death of Father Damien.
Stevenson taught the local girls to play croquet. When Congregationalist and Presbyterian ministers began to defame Father Damien out of spite for his Catholicism, Stevenson wrote one of his most famous essays in defence of the life and work of the missionary priest.
Stevenson died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Vailima in Samoa, aged In his will, he bequeathed his birthday to a little girl, Annie Ide, who had been born on Christmas Day. It was originally called The Sea-Cook. This novel presents the Wars of the Roses, as it were, in miniature.
Hydea short novel about a dual personality much depicted in Plays and films, also influential in the growth of understanding of the subconscious mind through its treatment of a kind and intelligent physician who turns into a psychopathic monster after imbibing a drug intended to separate good from evil in a personality.
A tontine is a group life-insurance policy in which the last survivor gets all the insurance. Both in the novel and in real life, it is an incentive to murder, and no longer legal in most countries. Includes such favourites as "My Shadow" and "The Lamplighter".
It tells of commissioning one of the first sleeping bags.All images Courtesy of the The Writers Museum. Site Information. About The RLS Website; Copyright Information; Press and Awards. The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Louis Stevenson is not only remarkable for the number of works he produced in his twenty-year literary career, but also for the range of genres he adopted: essays, travel writing, short stories, novels and romances, as well as poetry, plays and biography.
Robert Louis Stevenson (b. –d.
) was born in Scotland and died in Samoa at the end of a life of travels, during which he produced novels, short stories, literary .
The history of English literature records few stories more inspiring than the life and work of Robert Louis Stevenson. He was a happy and gifted storyteller, poet, and essayist.
Stevenson was born Nov. 13, , in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Louis Stevenson is not only remarkable for the number of works he produced in his twenty-year literary career, but also for the range of genres he adopted: essays, travel writing, short stories, novels and romances, as well as poetry, plays and biography.
The theme of the unreliable narrator and ‘the double’ appear early in Stevenson’s work. In Treasure Island, the child moves in an adult world and must learn about adulthood and morality.