• Robert was born in
Edinburgh ( Scotland) in 1850.
• His family is wealthy.
They have a good position.
When he is 12, he travels to France,
Switzerland, Belgium, Germany
on a five month holiday.
•Robert is a sickly child. He
is exceedingly thin and
frail, and he suffers with
coughs and fevers.
• He is very close to his father
• When he is sixteen he writes The
Pentland Rising, a story based on an
historical event. His father pays for its
Robert Louis Stevenson goes to Edinburgh
University. He starts to study engineering,
but he doesn’t like it so
he changes to law.
However, he still wants
to be a writer.
In 1876 he goes on a canoeing
trip to Belgium and
France with friend. He
keeps a journal of his
travels and uses it to form
the basis of his first book,
An Inland Voyage.
In France, Stevenson meets an American woman
called Fanny Osbourne. He falls in love with her.
Fanny is married to Sam Osbourne. However, they
begin to live as lovers.
In 1878 Fanny travels back to her husband.
In 1879, Robert Louis Stevenson travels all the way
from Britain to America to see Fanny Osbourne, and
they get married in 1880.
They decide to live in Britain and set up home with
Fanny’s twelve year old son (from her previous
Fanny and Lloyd
are very important
in Robert’s life
and an inspiration
for his writings.
In 1881 the Stevenson family
goes on holiday in Scotland. It
rains for days on end, and
to pass the time Lloyd
draws a map of an
imaginary island. The map makes Robert
Louis Stevenson think of pirates and treasure,
and inspires him to write Treasure Island.
Treasure island is first
published as a book in 1883.
It is very successful.
He is now a well-known writer.
Robert Louis Stevenson continues to experience health
problems as an adult. He suffers with chest infections
and is often so ill he can’t leave his bed.
In 1886 he writes both The Strange Case of Dr
Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Kidnapped.
From 1888 to 1890, the Stevenson family spends two
years sailing around the Pacific Ocean islands.
Robert Louis Stevenson decides to build a house in the
island of Upolu, in Western Samoa.
• He continues writing, but it is
increasingly difficult as his illness
In December 1894, Robert Louis
Stevenson dies. He is only 44 years
old. His body is buried on Mount
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