Robert Louis Stevenson

1850 - 1894

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Robert Louis Stevenson (born Robert Lewis Balfour Stevenson; 13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, essayist, poet and travel writer. He is best known for works such as Treasure Island, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Kidnapped and A Child's Garden of Verses. Born and educated in Edinburgh, Stevenson suffered from serious bronchial trouble for much of his life but continued to write prolifically and travel widely in defiance of his poor health. As a young man, he mixed in London literary circles, receiving encouragement from Sidney Colvin, Andrew Lang, Edmund Gosse, Leslie Stephen and W. E. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Louis Stevenson has received more than 6,818,844 page views. His biography is available in 100 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 95 in 2019). Robert Louis Stevenson is the 143rd most popular writer (down from 127th in 2019), the 89th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 90th in 2019) and the 13th most popular British Writer.

Robert Louis Stevenson is most famous for his novel, Treasure Island.

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Notable Works

The master of Ballantrae
Fiction, Absence and presumption of death, History
The Master of Ballantrae: A Winter's Tale is one of Stevenson's darker, more political novels. Two brothers are brought into conflict by the Jacobite rising of 1745, which tears their family apart.
The black arrow
Knights and knighthood, War stories, Adventure stories
Richard Shelton is a young knight during the Wars of the Roses. We see him ascend and rescue his lady love. He then seeks revenge against his father's murderer, but when the evidence points towards his guardian he is forced to go into hiding. He joins the band of outlaws known as the Black Arrow.
Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Conduct of life, London (England), Science Fiction & Fantasy
Set in the backdrop later Victorian London, this book can be told as belonging to the category of science fiction, psychological thriller and suspense thriller. Dr Jekyll, a famous and notable scientist seems to be somehow linked with Mr Hyde, a most-wanted criminal. Mr Utterson, a good renown lawyer of the period as well as Jekyll's good friend, tries connecting the dots to find out the truth, a most-shocking truth.
La isla del tesoro
Treasure troves, Buried treasure, Adventure stories
El clásico de R. L. Stevenson libremente adaptado por Gerónimo Stilton. Todo empezó con un viejo baúl de marinero y el mapa de un misterioso tesoro… Jim, el joven protagonista, decide lanzarse a la aventura embarcándose en la goleta la Hispaniola, en busca de una isla misteriosa… Con divertidas ilustraciones a color y juegos tipográficos ¡al más puro estilo Stilton! A lo largo de los últimos años han sido muchos los grandes clásicos de la literatura de aventuras que han sido adaptados por el genial ratón Gerónimo Stilton para acercar a los más jóvenes a estas joyas, ideales para ellos y siempre con los juegos y guiños propios de la colección.
David Balfour
Adventure and adventurers, Fiction, History
A child's garden of verses
Children's poetry, Scottish, Scottish poetry, Children's poetry, English
Rediscover the delight and innocence of childhood in these classic poems from celebrated author, Robert Louis Stevenson. From make-believe to climbing trees, bedtime stories to morning play and favourite cousins to beloved mothers. Here is a very special collection to be treasured forever.


Among writers, Robert Louis Stevenson ranks 143 out of 7,302Before him are Yukio Mishima, Carlo Collodi, Boris Pasternak, Mary Shelley, Petronius, and Rudyard Kipling. After him are Walter Scott, Dr. Seuss, Eugène Ionesco, Joan Fuster, Elias Canetti, and William Faulkner.

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Among people born in 1850, Robert Louis Stevenson ranks 3Before him are Jack the Ripper, and Guy de Maupassant. After him are Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, Edward Smith, Eduard Bernstein, Sofia Kovalevskaya, Karl Ferdinand Braun, Hermann Ebbinghaus, Charles Richet, Pierre Loti, and Mihai Eminescu. Among people deceased in 1894, Robert Louis Stevenson ranks 3Before him are Alexander III of Russia, and Heinrich Hertz. After him are Hermann von Helmholtz, Ferdinand de Lesseps, Adolphe Sax, Lajos Kossuth, Gustave Caillebotte, Marie François Sadi Carnot, Anton Rubinstein, Francis II of the Two Sicilies, and Prince Philippe, Count of Paris.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Robert Louis Stevenson ranks 89 out of 8,785Before him are Diana, Princess of Wales (1961), Edward I of England (1239), Alan Rickman (1946), Mary Shelley (1797), George Harrison (1943), and Henry VII of England (1457). After him are John Napier (1550), Nicholas Winton (1909), Edward III of England (1312), Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (1758), Jeff Beck (1944), and Walter Scott (1771).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Robert Louis Stevenson ranks 13Before him are Daniel Defoe (1660), Emily Brontë (1818), Virginia Woolf (1882), Charlotte Brontë (1816), Lewis Carroll (1832), and Mary Shelley (1797). After him are Walter Scott (1771), Terry Pratchett (1948), H. G. Wells (1866), Aldous Huxley (1894), Roald Dahl (1916), and William Blake (1757).