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Robert Louis Stevenson

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Robert Louise Stevenson, Scottish essayist, poet and author of fiction and travel books, was known especially for his novels of adventure. Stevenson was born on November 13, 1850 in Edinburgh as the son of Thomas Stevenson, joint-engineer to the Board of Northern Lighthouses.

Stevenson became famous with the romantic adventure story Treasure Island, which appeared in 1883. Among his other popular works are Kidnapped (1886), The Strange Case Of Dr.Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1886) and The Master Of Ballantrae (1889).

He also contributed to various periodicals, including The Cornhill Magazine and Longman’s Magazine, where his best-known article “A Humble Remonstrance” was published in 1884. It was a reply to Henry James’s “The Art of Fiction” and started a lifelong friendship between the two authors.

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