Do you know the name of the 26th most translated author in the world? You have probably read many of his books.
Here are some clues:
- He was born in Scotland.
- Lighthouse design was the family’s profession.
- He suffered from frequent chest and cough illnesses when a child so he had to have private tutors.
- He did not learn to read until he was seven or eight.
- He studied engineering in college.
- His health failed frequently when he was an adult and he finally settled in Samoa where he died at the age of forty-four.
Can you guess his name yet?
Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and A Child’s Garden of Verses.
News Report of the death of Famous Novelist Robert Louis Stevenson
(Transcribed from Reading Eagle, Reading, PA December 23, 1894)
How the Famous Novelist Died
Samoa, Dec. 4 – Robert Louis Stevenson, the eminent novelist, died at his beautiful home, Vaillma, on Monday last, the 2nd of December, in a very sudden manner. He had been busy at work until 4 o’clock, and had written what are said to be some of his finest passages, and he had left his work for dinner. He had gone into the kitchen with his wife to prepare some particular dish which he has a fondness for, and while there complained of a pain in the top of his head.
He went into his drawing-room, and almost immediately fell back unconscious in a chair. Medical advice was obtained; but it was useless, as he never recovered unconsciousness, and died at 8 o’clock. The community was greatly affected, and much regret is felt, although Stevenson met much opposition owing to his political views. Socially he was highly esteemed. Before his death, when in good health, he had expressed a wish to be buried upon the top of Vaca mountain, in a most romantic spot, 1,400 feet above sea level, known by the name of the “Praa, Sooalo” ( or pigeon-catching place at Sooalo), and his interment took place there yesterday in the presence of the intimate friends of the family.