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Rls In Samoa Rls In Samoa Presentation Transcript

  • Robert Louis Stevenson’s Life in Samoa
  • Facts about Samoa • Located in the South Pacific Ocean, ~ halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand • 99% of land mass is from two main islands: Savai’i and Upolu • Upolu is home to 75% of Samoan population.
  • Where and When? • RLS first came to Samoa in December 1889. • Arrived in Apia, the capital of Samoa. • Stayed for 6 weeks before leaving for Sydney, Australia. • Eventually returned to Samoa in 1890 after falling ill in Australia.
  • Vailima, Part 1 • Vailima was the estate that RLS had built upon his return to Apia. • The name of the estate translates to “five creeks” in Samoan. • The original house was home to five white inhabitants (including Stevenson and his family) and twelve Samoans.
  • Vailima (pre-extension)
  • Vailima, Part 2 • Towards the end of 1892, Stevenson, after some persuasion, had Vailima expanded. • The new estate was the largest house on the island.
  • Vailima Today
  • The Tapa Room
  • One of the many porches
  • The Medicine Room
  • The Dining Room
  • Writing in Samoa • Island Nights’ Entertainments (1893) • The Ebb-Tide (1894) • Weir of Hermiston (unfinished, 1896) • Several letters written to The Times on the Samoans’ behalf.
  • RLS’s Death • Stevenson died of a cerebral hemmorhage on December 3rd, 1894 • While struggling to open a bottle of wine, he turned to his wife and asked, “Does my face look strange?” before collapsing on the floor. • He was buried on Mount Vaea on a spot overlooking the ocean.
  • The Epitaph • Stevenson had always wanted his “Requiem” inscribed on the tomb: Under the wide and starry sky, Dig the grave and let me lie. Glad did I live and gladly die, And I laid me down with a will. This be the verse you grave for me: Here he lies where he longed to be; Home is the sailor, home from sea, And the hunter home from the hill.
  • Stevenson’s Tomb
  • View of Mt. Vaea from Vailima
  • View from Mt.Vaea
  • Vailima Now • Vailima was purchased in 1900 • Official residence of: • the German governor • the New Zealand administrator • the Samoan Head of State
  • Links • rlsmuseum.com • readprint.com/author-76/Robert-Louis-Stevenson • janesoceania.com/oceania_rls/index.htm • literarytraveler.com/authors/ robert_louis_stevenson_western.aspx • janeresture.com/oceania_rls/index.htm • http://travel.webshots.com/photo/ 1086699463038334073bjOJgh