Robert Louis Stevenson’s Birthday

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson was born on November 13, 1850. He was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. He also wrote a collection of poetry for children, A Child’s Garden of Verses. Although not as well known, his island fiction and non-fiction is among the most valuable and collected of the 19th century body of work about the Pacific South Seas area. Read a biography of Robert Louis Stevenson at http://www.famoushomeschoolers.net/bio_robert-louis-stevenson.html. For more information about his life and works, please see the resources below.

Robert Louis Stevenson State Park – This is a California state park, located in the mountains near San Francisco, named after the famous author. In 1880, Stevenson and his new wife Fanny Vandegrift Osbourne spent their honeymoon living in a cabin at a played-out mine on Mt. St. Helena along with Fanny’s son Lloyd Osbourne. Although nothing remains of the cabin, the site is identified on the trail to the summit. Stevenson’s book Silverado Squatters contains stories he wrote about his experiences during his visit to the area. He also wrote a book, Across the Plains, which tells of his railway journey across the United States from New York to San Francisco.

Robert Louis Stevenson at Project Gutenberg – Read his books online for free! Includes Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Kidnapped, A Child’s Garden of Verses, The Black Arrow, Master of Ballantrae, Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes, New Arabian Nights, In the South Seas, Catriona, The Wrecker, Across the Plains, Essays of Travel, Essays in the Art of Writing, and many more. Plus The Life of Robert Louis Stevenson for Boys and Girls by Jacqueline Overton.

Robert Louis Stevenson Collection at Bartleby.comA Child’s Garden of Verses and Underwoods, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Master of Ballantrae: A Winter’s Tale, and more.

Poetry Lovers’ Page – This site features a complete collection of poems by Robert Louis Stevenson. Includes A Child’s Garden of Verses, New Poems, Songs of Travel, Underwoods, and more.

Classic Review: Robert Louis Stevenson – A review by Bradford Torrey. “Stevenson was one of the happy few: he knew his life’s business from childlhood. He was to write books.”

RLS Website – The most comprehensive web resource dedicated to Robert Louis Stevenson, the RLS Website is a freely available online resource dedicated to his life and works. The site appeals to students, scholars and enthusiasts alike. The newly designed website contains pages devoted to each of Stevenson’s texts, including plot synopses, full texts with page turner facilities, and information about their publication and reception. Also included are biographical pages on Stevenson, and information on his family, friends, and literary network. It not only provides a gallery of images about Stevenson, but you will also find the RLS Archive: an ongoing scholarly resource, offering up-to-date, rigorous bibliographies on Robert Louis Stevenson. You will also find lists of the film, television, radio, play and other adaptations of Stevenson’s works. Other pages outline information about locations to visit for those wishing to follow in Stevenson’s footsteps. The Schools section of the RLS Website offers resources for school children and teachers. Details of RLS museums and libraries with significant Stevenson collections and links to useful sites are also available.

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