Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 November 1850 3 December 1894) was a 19th century [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Scottish]] writer and [[WalkingTheEarth traveler]] who is well-known for his novel ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'' (the plot was revealed to him [[BasedOnADream in a dream]]), as well as other novels such as ''Literature/TreasureIsland'' and ''Literature/{{Kidnapped}}''. However, his bibliography is very extensive, as he also wrote poetry and several essays.

Stevenson was admired by many higher-ups in literature such as Creator/JorgeLuisBorges and Creator/GKChesterton. Both of them were great fans of Stevenson's accessible, nigh-perfect prose. Creator/HenryJames liked his works so much that he used ''Treasure Island'' when needing an example of a novel that perfectly did what it set out to do.

Though he wrote many books, his work was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen drastically cut short]], as Stevenson [[AuthorExistenceFailure died]] at 44 due to health problems in Upolu, one of the Samoan islands. The inscription on his tombstone became a well-known and still-sung GriefSong for many Samoans.

!!Some of his stories are:
* ''Literature/TreasureIsland''
* ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde''
* ''Literature/{{Kidnapped}}''
* ''The Bottle Imp''
* ''New Arabian Nights''
* ''Literature/TheWrongBox''
* ''Literature/TheBodySnatcher''
* ''Olalla''
* ''Literature/WeirOfHermiston''
* ''Literature/ThePavilionOnTheLinks''

Most of his works can be read [[http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search.html/?default_prefix=author_id&sort_order=downloads&query=35 at Project Gutenberg.]]