English Composition 101
Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson is a famous novelist, who I best known for the classics Treasure Island and the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, during the nineteenth century, other than a novelist, Stevenson was a poet, essayist, and writer of travel books. Some of the short stories that he wrote are the “Merry Men” and “The Body-Snatcher”. According to Judy Cornes, Robert Louis Stevenson is unsurpassed by modern writers, with some of his weird and suspenseful stories like “The Body Snatcher’. According to Harold Bloom the immensely popular fictions from Stevenson have achieved the status of myth, because they were composed by his daemon. Stevenson composed his stories based on personal experience. Just like in Treasure Island he got the idea to write it from a map from an imaginary island. Also a nightmare that he had gave him the idea to write Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson was one of the best writers during the nineteenth century.
Robert Stevenson was born November 13, 1850, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Stevenson was the only son of Thomas Stevenson, a civil engineer, and Margaret Isabella Balfour. Since he was a child, Stevenson suffered from tuberculosis. Witch made him spent much of his time in bed, composing stories before he learned to read. In 1867 he entered Edinburgh University to study engineering. Due to his illness, he had to leave his plans to follow his father's footsteps. Stevenson changed his major to law and in 1875 he was called to the Scottish bar. By then he had already started to write travel sketches, essays, and short stories. His first articles were published in The Edinburgh University Magazine and The Portfolio. During his years at the university he rebelled against his parents' religion and set himself up as a liberal bohemian who abhorred the alleged cruelties and hypocrisies of bourgeois respectability.