Robert Louis Stevenson

Author of Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850. The son of a prosperous civil engineer, he was expected to follow the family profession but finally was allowed to study law at Edinburgh University. He began publishing short stories and essays in the mid 1870s. His first novel, Treasure Island, was published in 1883 and brought him instant fame. Due to his constant illness, which developed into tuberculosis, Stevenson travelled from place to place hoping to improve his health. He finally settled in Samoa, where he was loved by the islanders who called him ‘Tusitala’ (‘Teller of Tales’), and where he died in 1894, at the age of 44.