Robert Louis Stevenson

Died aged 44

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and A Child's Garden of Verses. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks among the 26 most translated authors in the world. His works have been admired by many other writers, including Jorge Luis Borges, Bertolt Brecht, Marcel Proust, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry James, Cesare Pavese, Emilio Salgari, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, Vladimir Nabokov, J. M. Barrie, and G. K. Chesterton, who said of him that he "seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins."

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Commemorated on 11 plaques

Robert Louis Stevenson lived at Skerryvore overlooking this chine from 1884 to 1887

Alum Chine, near to 61 Alum Chine Road, Bournemouth, United Kingdom where they lived

Robert Louis Stevenson 1850-1894 author lived here

7 Mount Vernon, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom where they lived

The home of Robert Louis Stevenson 1857-1880

17 Heriot Row, Edinburgh, United Kingdom where they lived

Robert Louis Stevenson lodged at 608 Bush Street, December 1879 to March 1880, and there wrote essays, poems, autobiography and fiction.

608 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA, United States where they stayed (1879-1880)

Robert Louis Stevenson lived here in autumn 1868.

Custom House, Harbour Terrace, KW1 5HB, Wick, United Kingdom where they lived (1868)

1850 1894 In this hall Robert Louis Stevenson first went to school circa 1857

14 Canonmills, EH3 5LH, Edinburgh, United Kingdom where they attended school (1857)

Robert Louis Stevenson a frequent visitor to the Spa from his childhood (1853) until a university student (1865). He stayed with his family at many hotels and lodging houses, deriving inspiration from the area for his later writings. Stevenson's Cave on the riverside walk to Dunblane was a favourite haunt and may have acted as the model for Ben Gunn's cave in "Treasure Island"

TBC, Bridge of Allan, United Kingdom where they visited (1853-1865)

R. L. Stevenson. Poet and Novelist. Stayed at this hotel on his visit to Cockermouth in 1871.

Globe Hotel, Main Street, Cockermouth, United Kingdom where they stayed (1871)

Here dwelt Robert Louis Stevenson during the winter 1887-1888 "I was walking in the verandah of a small house outside the hamlet of Saranac. It was winter; the night was very dark. The air clear and cold and sweet with purity of forests. For the making of a story here were fine conditions. "COME, SAID I TO MY ENGINE, LET US MAKE A TALE." The Genesis of Ballantrae. Here he wrote "The Master of Ballantrae", "A Christmas Sermon," "The Lantern Bearers", "Pulvis et Umbra," "Beggars" "Gentlemen", "A Chapter on Dreams.”

11 Stevenson Lane, Saranac Lake, NY, United States where they lived (1887-1888)

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in this house on 13th November 1850

8 Howard Place , Edinburgh, United Kingdom where they was born (1850)

In honour of Robert Louis Stevenson 1859-1894. Poet, author of Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Alumnus of the University.

7 George Square, Edinburgh, United Kingdom where they studied