During his boyhood, he spent holidays with his maternal grandfather, a minister and professor of moral philosophy who shared his love of sermons and storytelling with him. Prone to illness, Stevenson spent many of his early winters in bed, entertained only by his imagination and a great love of reading, especially William ShakespeareSir Walter Scott, John Bunyan and The Arabian Nights.
His father Thomas belonged to a family of engineers who had built many of the deep-sea lighthouses around the rocky coast of Scotland. His mother, Margaret Isabella Balfourcame from a family of lawyers and church ministers.
At the age of seventeen he enrolled at Edinburgh University to study engineering, with the aim — his father hoped — of following him in the family firm. However, he abandoned this course of studies and made the compromise of studying law.
Early Published Works His first published volume, An Inland Voyageis an account of the journey he made by canoe from Antwerp to northern France, in which prominence is given to the author and his thoughts. Meeting with Fanny, Journey to California, Marriage The meeting with his future wife, Fannywas to change the rest of his life.
Two years later she returned to California and a year after that, in AugustRLS set out on the long journey to join her. This experience was to be the subject of his next large-scale work The Amateur Emigrant writtenpublished in part in and in full inan account of this journey to California, which Noble In this work of perceptive reportage and open-minded and humane observation the voice is less buoyant and does not avoid observation of hardship and suffering.
The light-hearted paradoxes and confidential address to the reader of the essays written a few years before and then published as Virginibus Puerisque continue in the creation of that original debonair authorial persona.
Concluding this first period of writing based closely on his own direct experiences is The Silverado Squattersan account of their three week honeymoon at an abandoned silver mine in California.
Short Stories Stevenson has an important place in the history of the short story in the British Isles: This collection is seen as the starting point for the history of the English short story by Barry Menikoffp.
They have an affinity with the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in their setting in the labyrinthine modern city, and the subject matter of crimes and guilty secrets involving respectable members of society. Stevenson continued to write short stories all his life, and notable titles include: Despite problems of health and finances, this was a period of meetings with Henry JamesW.
His decision to sail around the Pacific inliving on various islands for short periods, then setting off again all the time collecting material for an anthropological and historical work on the South Seas which was never fully completedwas another turning point in his life.
In he and his extended family arrived at the port of Apia in the Samoan islands and they decided to build a house and settle. This choice brought him health, distance from the distractions of literary circles, and went towards the creation of his mature literary persona: It also acted as a new stimulus to his imagination.
He wrote about the Pacific islands in several of his later works: The Wreckerand The Ebb-Tide These South Sea narratives mark a definite move towards a more harsh and grim realism Stevenson himself acknowledges affinities of The Ebb-Tide with the work of Zola Maixner, p.
He died in December and even shaped the manner of his burial: Writing when the period of the three-volume novel dominant from about to was coming to an end, he seems to have written everything except a traditional Victorian novel: Like the other writers who were asserting the serious artistic nature of the novel at this time he writes in a careful, almost poetic style — yet he provocatively combines this with an interest in popular genres.
His popularity with critics continued to the First World War. Critical interest has been increasing slowly since then, in some countries more than others, though there have been few single-volume studies when compared with the large numbers of books published every year on his contemporaries James and Conrad.
Stevenson, some might say, has been fortunate to escape such attention. Chesterton, Robert Louis Stevenson London: Noble, Andrew, From the Clyde to California. Hogarth Press, Robert Louis Stevenson:A neo-Romanticist, Robert Louis Stevenson was a prominent Scottish author and poet, who contributed immensely to English literature in his lifetime.
Many modernist writers canned his ideas and works and it is only lately that critics have started to gauge his popularity and have allowed him an ineffaceable place in the world of western attheheels.com Of Birth: Edinburgh, Scotland.
Robert Louis Stevenson is best known as the author of the children’s classic Treasure Island, and the adult horror story, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Both of these novels have curious origins. A map of an imaginary island gave Stevenson the idea for the first story, and a nightmare supplied the premise of the second.
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Robert Louis Stevenson was born on the 13th of November, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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 . Biography of Robert Louis Stevenson. Robert Louis Stevenson () He was often abroad, usually for health reasons, and his journeys led to some of his early literary works.
Publishing his first volume at the age of 28, Stevenson became a literary celebrity during his life when works such as Treasure Island.