Can you guess the name of this famous author from these clues? This is how he died.

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 Stevenson with his wife in Vailima, Samoa, by J. Davis, photograph, circa 1891 (public domain)

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.

Discordance: The Cottinghams Inspired by true events and the Cottingham family that resided in 17th century Somerset, Maryland, and Delaware, colonial America comes alive with pirate attacks, religious discord, and governmental disagreements in the pre-Revolutionary War days of America.

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She cohost the Podcast: Alabama Grist Mill and developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and

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She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .

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