1850 - 1894

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.  During his early years, he spent much of his time in bed, due to illness, and composed stories before he had learned to read.  His devoted nurse Allison Cunningham "Cummy" read to him and encouraged him at an early age to write his own stories. In 1885 he dedicated “A Child's Garden of Verses” to her.

Despite a weak constitution and frequent bouts of ill-health throughout his life, Stevenson led a life of adventure and embraced the unconventional.  Scottish essayist, poet, and author of fiction and travel books, Robert Louis Stevenson is known especially for his novels of adventure: “Treasure Island,” and “Kidnapped.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

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