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Robert Louis Stevenson

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Robert Louis Stevenson

Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writeradd

Category: Literature

Born in 1850.

Countries: United Kingdom (50%), United States (22%), (15%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Lloyd Osbourne, Roger Lancelyn Green, The Wrong Box

Linked to: Conservative Party, University of Edinburgh, Cornhill Magazine, Edinburgh Academy

 

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Stevenson was born Robert Lewis Balfour Stevenson at 8 Howard Place, Edinburgh , Scotland, on 13 November 1850 to Margaret Isabella Balfour (1829 add something


1851

Stevenson inherited a tendency to coughs and fevers, exacerbated when the family moved to a damp, chilly house at 1 Inverleith Terrace in 1851. add something


1855

An only child, strange-looking and eccentric, Stevenson found it hard to fit in when he was sent to a nearby school at age six, a problem repeated at age eleven when he went on to the Edinburgh Academy; but he mixed well in lively games with his cousins in summer holidays at Colinton. add something


1856

He was a late reader, first learning at age seven or eight, but even before this he dictated stories to his mother and nurse. add something

 

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 add something


1867

In November 1867 Stevenson entered the University of Edinburgh to study engineering. add something


1868

Each year during vacations, Stevenson travelled to inspect the family's engineering works add something


1873

In January 1873 his father came across the constitution of the LJR Club, of which Stevenson and his cousin Bob were members, which began: "Disregard everything our parents have taught us. add something

 

In November 1873 Stevenson's health failed, and he was sent to Menton on the French Riviera to recuperate. add something


1875

Born in Indianapolis , she had married at age seventeen and moved to Nevada to rejoin husband Samuel after his participation in the American Civil_War. That marriage produced three children: Isobel (or "Belle"); Lloyd; and Hervey. add something

 

Visiting Edinburgh in 1875, he took Stevenson with him to visit a patient at the Edinburgh Infirmary, William Ernest Henley. add something

 

He did qualify for the Scottish bar in July 1875, and his father added a brass plate with "R.L. Stevenson, Advocate" to the Heriot Row house. add something


1876

John MacGregor (sportsman) - Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson's 1876 voyage by canoe through the canals and rivers of France and Belgium, published in 1878 as "An Inland Voyage", used "Rob Roy" canoes


1877

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. add something

 

Cruising (maritime) - The author Robert Louis Stevenson wrote "An Inland Voyage" in 1877 as a travelogue on his canoeing trip through France and Belgium


1879

But in August 1879 he set off to join her, against the advice of his friends and without notifying his parents. add something

 

An account of his stay in Monterey, California in August to December 1879. add something

 

By December 1879 Stevenson had recovered his health enough to continue to San Francisco , where for several months he struggled "all alone on forty-five cents a day, and sometimes less, with quantities of hard work and many heavy thoughts," in an effort to support himself through his writing, but by the end of the winter his health was broken again and he found himself at death's door. add something


1880

For the next seven years, between 1880 and 1887, Stevenson searched in vain for a place of residence suitable to his state of health. add something

 

Fanny and Robert were married in May 1880, although, as he said, he was "a mere complication of cough and bones, much fitter for an emblem of mortality than a bridegroom. add something

 

In August 1880 he sailed with Fanny and Lloyd from New York to Britain and found his parents and his friend Sidney Colvin on the wharf at Liverpool , happy to see him return home. add something

 

Carl Ruedi - RĂ¼edi rose to fame around the world after having treated the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson in the winters of 1880-81 and 1881-82


1881

Stevenson spent the Summer of 1881 and wrote Treasure Island, his first great work'. add something


1883

Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke - In the iconic 1883 novel Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson has Long John Silver claim that he "Served in the Royal Navy and lost his leg under "the immortal Hawke"


1885

Fairy bread - The origin of the term is not known, but it may come from the poem 'Fairy Bread' in Robert Louis Stevenson's "A Child's Garden of Verses", published in 1885


1887

Around the fire addressed its evening hours. add something

 

When his father died in 1887, Stevenson felt free to follow the advice of his physician to try a complete change of climate, and he started with his mother and family for Colorado. add something

 

Arthur Quiller-Couch - In 1887, while he was at Oxford, he published "Dead Man's Rock", a romance in the vein of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island", and he followed this up with "Troy Town" and "The Splendid Spur"


1888

He preserved the experience of these years in his various letters and in his In the South Seas, an account of the 1888 cruise which Stevenson and Fanny undertook on the Casco from the Hawaiian Islands to the Marquesas and Tuamotu islands. add something

 

Henley, an energetic and talkative man with a wooden leg, became a close friend and occasional literary collaborator, until a quarrel broke up the friendship in 1888. add something

 

In June 1888 Stevenson chartered the yacht Casco and set sail with his family from San Francisco . add something


1889

The Wrong Box - It was produced and directed by Bryan Forbes from a screenplay by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove, based on the 1889 novel "The Wrong Box" by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne


1890

In 1890 Stevenson purchased a tract of about 400 acres (1.6 km add something

 

Soon afterwards, in April 1890, Stevenson left Sydney on the Janet Nicoll for his third and final voyage among the South Seas islands. add something

 

Tuvalu - In 1890, Robert Louis Stevenson, his wife Fanny Vandegrift Stevenson and her son Lloyd Osbourne sailed on the "Janet Nicoll", a trading steamer owned by Henderson and Macfarlane of Auckland, New Zealand, which operated between Sydney and Auckland and into the central Pacific

 

Charles Dryden - In the early 1890s, Dryden visited and wrote about Robert Louis Stevenson at Stevenson's home in Vailima, Samoa

 

Arthur Machen - Literary critics such as Wesley D. Sweetser and S. T. Joshi see Machen's works as a significant part of the late Victorian revival of the gothic novel and the decadent movement of the 1890s, bearing direct comparison to the themes found in contemporary works like Robert Louis Stevenson's "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde", Bram Stoker's "Dracula", and Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray"


1892

Stevenson's tomb on Mt. Vaea, c. add something

 

Emperor Norton - Robert Louis Stevenson made Norton a character in his 1892 novel, "The Wrecker"


1894

Buckland visited the Stevensons at Vailima in 1894. add something

 

Robert Louis Stevenson died in 1894 add something

 

On 3 December 1894, Stevenson was talking to his wife and straining to open a bottle of wine when he suddenly exclaimed, "What's that/" asking his wife "Does my face look strange?" and collapsed. add something


1925

Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson - Concurrently, in 1925, he founded Wheeler-Nicholson, Inc. to syndicate his work, which included a daily comic-strip adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel "Treasure Island," with art by N. Brewster Morse


1929

Hugh Abercrombie Anderson - Anderson's dramatization of Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Suicide Club" received favourable reviews in 1929


1957

A garden was designed by the Bournemouth Corporation in 1957 as a memorial to Stevenson, on the site of his Westbourne house "Skerryvore" which he occupied from 1885 to 1887. add something


1965

Even as early as 1965 the pendulum had begun to swing: he was praised by Roger Lancelyn Green, one of the Oxford Inklings, as a writer of a consistently high level of "literary skill or sheer imaginative power" and a co-originator with H. Rider Haggard of the Age of the Story Tellers add something

 

Henry Rider Haggard - Haggard was praised in 1965 by Roger Lancelyn Green, one of the Oxford Inklings, as a writer of a consistently high level of "literary skill and sheer imaginative power" and a co-originator with Robert Louis Stevenson of the "Age of the Story Tellers"

 

H. Rider Haggard - Haggard was praised in 1965 by Roger Lancelyn Green, one of the Oxford Inklings, as a writer of a consistently high level of "literary skill and sheer imaginative power" and a co-originator with Robert Louis Stevenson of the "Age of the Story Tellers"


1966

The Wrong Box - "'The Wrong Box"' is a 1966 British comedy film produced and directed by Bryan Forbes from a screenplay by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove, based on the 1889 novel "The Wrong Box" by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne


1968

In 1968 Robert Hughes arranged a number of Stevenson's works for chamber orchestra, which toured the Pacific Northwest that year add something


1972

Orson Welles - Working again for a British producer, Welles played Long John Silver in director John Hough's Treasure Island, an adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel, which had been the second story broadcast by The Mercury Theatre on the Air in 1938.


1994

The first note to be printed was sent to Samoa in time for their centenary celebrations on 3 December 1994 add something


2013

In 2013, a statue of Robert Louis Stevenson with his dog as a child was unveiled by the author Ian Rankin outside Colinton Parish Church in Scotland add something


2014

An annotated edition of the original manuscript, edited and introduced by Roger G. Swearingen, was published as "The Hair Trunk or The Ideal Commonwealth: An Extravaganza" in August 2014 add something