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Robert Louis Stevenson

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Birthday
13, 1850
Birthplace
Edinburgh, Scotland
Death Date
Dec 3, 1894 (44)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
13, 1850
Birthplace
Edinburgh, Scotland
Death Date
Dec 3, 1894 (44)

About

Scottish author of the classic adventure novel Treasure Island, and the psychological thriller The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. His other popular and widely translated works include A Child's Garden of Verses and Kidnapped.

Before Fame

He was a late reader, starting at about age seven or eight, but he wrote incessantly as a child, even to the discouragement of his father. He agreed to study law at Edinburgh University to appease his father, but he continued to pursue a literary career during his young adulthood.

Trivia

His famous book, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, explores the complexities and dualities of human nature.

Family Life

He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland to Thomas Stevenson and Margaret Isabella Balfour. He later married Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne and adopted her two children.

Associated With

Vladimir Nabokov claimed to have read Stevenson's stories as a child.