Robert Louis Stevenson
(1850-1894) was a 19th century Scottish
writer and traveler
who is well-known for his novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
(the plot was revealed to him in a dream
), as well as other novels such as Treasure Island
. 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 Jorge Luis Borges
and G. K. Chesterton
. Both of them were great fans of Stevenson's accessible, nigh-perfect prose. Henry James
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 drastically cut short
, as Stevenson 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 Grief Song
for many Samoans.
Some of his stories are:
Most of his works can be read at Project Gutenberg.