Robert Louis Stevenson: A writer who lives in the minds of many

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A Notable 19th Century Literary Genius

Robert Louis Stevenson was a 19th century Scottish writer notable for such novels as Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  

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A Notable 19th Century Literary Genius
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Writing as a passion since childhood

Stevenson was born on November 13, 1850 in Edinburgh, Scotland.He developed a desire to write early in life, having no interest in the family business of lighthouse engineering. 

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Writing as a passion since childhood
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Writings inspired from his travels

He was often abroad, usually for health reasons, and his journeys led to some of his early literary works. He published his first volume at the age of 28.

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Writings inspired from his travels
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Kidnapped

First published in the magazine Young Folks from May to July 1886, this adventure fiction novel became a great hit. The story is that of a young boy David Balfour who is an orphan. He takes his journey to find the mysterious and so-called evil House of Shaws where David's uncle lives.    

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Kidnapped
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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

First published in 1886, it is about a London lawyer named Gabriel John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll and the evil Edward Hyde. The work deals with the rare mental condition  called "split personality"where within the same body there exists more than one distinct personality. In this case, there are two personalities within Dr Jekyll, one apparently good and the other evil.

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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
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Treasure Island

Kidnapped is one of the best children's fiction produced. The setting is adventurous in itself with treasure maps, pirates, the Black spot and tropical islands.

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Treasure Island
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Last years

He died in Samoa in 1894. On 3 December 1894, Stevenson was talking to his wife and straining to open a bottle of wine when he suddenly exclaimed, "What's that!" asking his wife "Does my face look strange?" and collapsed. He died within a few hours, probably of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was forty-four years old.

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