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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 13 November 1850Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Date of Death 3 December 1894Vailima, Samoa  (cerebral hemorrhage)

Mini Bio (1)

Robert Louis Stevenson was born on November 13, 1850 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was a writer, known for Treasure Planet (2002), Muppet Treasure Island (1996) and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931). He was married to Fanny Osbourne. He died on December 3, 1894 in Vailima, Samoa.

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Fanny Osbourne (19 May 1880 - 3 December 1894) (his death)

Trivia (7)

After his death, Samoans cut a path to the summit of Mount Vaea, where he was buried.
Stepfather of Lloyd Osbourne.
Scottish novelist, essayist, poet and short story writer. Called to the Scottish bar in 1875 but never practised. Contributed essays to periodicals from 1873. One of the great storytellers in the romantic tradition, he is celebrated for "Treasure Island" (1883), "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde" (1886), "Kidnapped" (1886), "The Master of Ballantrae" (1889) and the unfinished "Weir of Hermiston" (1896).
Suffered from consumption (tuberculosis) for most of his life, but died in the end from a brain haemorrhage and a stroke aged just forty-four..
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 Balfour, came from a family of lawyers and church ministers.
Stevenson settled permanently on the island of Upolu, Samoa in 1889, having come to the island initially on a pleasure cruise and for health reasons. He built a house ('Vailima', now housing a museum dedicated to him) at the foot of Mount Vaea. The Samoans readily acknowledged him as a chief, naming him Tu-si-ta-la ("teller of tales").
Kidnapped (1959), the Disney adaptation of his 1886 novel of the same name, was directed by his namesake Robert Stevenson. However, they were not related.

Personal Quotes (6)

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.
You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.
The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.
There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.
Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
The man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to impress it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.

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