Robert Louis Stevenson

(1850-1894 / Edinburgh / Scotland)

Robert Louis Stevenson
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Robert Louis Stevenson was born November 13, 1850 in Edinburgh, Scotland, the only son of respectable middle-class parents. Throughout his childhood, he suffered chronic health problems that confined him to bed. The strongest influence during his childhood was that of his nurse, Allison Cunnigham, who often read aloud Pilgrim's Progress and The Old Testament, his most direct literary influences during this time. In 1867, he entered Edinburgh University as a science student, where it was tacitly understood that he would follow his father's footsteps and become a civil engineer. Robert, however, had much more of a romantic nature at heart and while obstentiously working for a science degree, ... more »

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  • ''The obscurest epoch is to-day.''
    Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish novelist, essayist, poet. repr. In Complete Works, vol. 26 (1924). The Day After Tomorrow (first publishe...
  • ''Well, well, Henry James is pretty good, though he is of the nineteenth century, and that glaringly.''
    Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish novelist, essayist, poet. Letter, March 1889, to Henry James. The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, vol....
  • ''To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.''
    Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish novelist, essayist, poet. Virginibus Puerisque, "El Dorado," (1881).
  • ''The cruellest lies are often told in silence. A man may have sat in a room for hours and not opened his mouth, and yet come out of that room a disloyal friend or a vile calumniator.''
    Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish novelist, essayist, poet. Virginibus Puerisque, "Virginibus Puerisque," sct. 4 (1881).
  • ''He sows hurry and reaps indigestion.''
    Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish novelist, essayist, poet. Virginibus Puerisque, "An Apology for Idlers," (1881). Referring to "indust...
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  • Janet (6/21/2018 2:58:00 PM)

    A loved poem of my childhood which I have revisited. It is a lovely poem which revives many happy memories of mom reading and rereading it to us.

  • Aarush (6/3/2018 2:43:00 AM)

    One of my favorite and one of the greatest poets and authors of all times

  • anti virus (6/2/2018 12:57:00 AM)

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  • Rajnish Manga Rajnish Manga (5/8/2018 9:35:00 AM)

    Robert Louis Stevenson remains one of the best men of letters- A person, A Poet and a Novelist loved by the readers of English Literature. His writings are timeless beauties.

  • laura (5/2/2018 12:09:00 PM)

    he died in 1950 I'm so sorry

  • Kshirod Kumar Dehury Kshirod Kumar Dehury (4/20/2018 9:35:00 AM)

    beautyfull poem, i am enjoy your poem

  • Wanita (4/19/2018 8:17:00 AM)

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  • Corneillia (3/15/2018 12:10:00 PM)

    Lovely ☺

  • T.Vorderbruggen (2/25/2018 12:48:00 PM)

    its amazing how much he has written in his short life.
    239 poems! ! ! and all his books.

  • T.Vorderbruggen (2/25/2018 12:45:00 PM)

    The fact that he wrote 239 different poems plus his books in his 45 years of living is amazing.
    I have only read 4 of his works and I want to read more

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