10 facts about Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson, a Scottish novelist, is best known for his work on Treasure Island and the gothic novella “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” which is the inspiration for our forthcoming London StoryTour. Ten brief facts about him are provided below.

Early life

Stevenson’s family worked in the field of lighthouse design when he was born in Edinburgh in 1850. a profession he would eventually forego to focus on writing.
Robert Louis Stevenson frequently experienced respiratory ailments as a kid. He carried this throughout his life, which caused him to be incredibly thin. He received long-term individual tutoring at home due to his severe illness. At this point, he started penning stories. Robert’s father, who was incredibly proud of his writing, paid for his debut book, “The Pentland Rising: A Page of History, 1666,” to be published when he was 16 years old.
After his father discovered a leaflet in his room, Stevenson and his parents experienced a brief falling out. It contained the Liberty, Justice, and Reverence Constitution.Stevenson and his cousin Bob were both members of the club. “Disregard all our parents have taught us,” the constitution’s first line said.

Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne

When he was 26 years old, he travelled to France where he met his future wife, an American named Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. Three years later, he boarded a steamer out of Europe in order to join Fanny and her kids in San Francisco. But even before he arrived, his bad condition nearly claimed his life. He was forced to halt at Monterey, California, where some nearby ranchers treated him for his illness. He didn’t run across Fanny again in San Francisco until nearly six months after his voyage had begun. In “The Amateur Emigrant,” he subsequently wrote about the incident. Although it looks like a terrific experience for his writing, it physically taxed him much.
Jennifer Osbourne
Osbourne, Fanny Van de
The pair married and honeymooned in a defunct mining camp in the Napa Valley. Later, the area was transformed into a park and given Robert Louis Stevenson’s name. The Silverado Squatters by Stevenson has a description of this journey.
While spending the summer in Bournemouth with his family, Stevenson penned “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Fanny later revealed to Stevenson’s biographer that her husband had experienced the narrative as a nightmare. When he screamed in terror, she had awakened him up. He was irritated when he was awakened, asking “Why did you wake me? I was having a wonderful nightmare! In three days, Robert finished the first draught of the short novella. He burnt it after receiving letters from Fanny approximately three to six days, and then revised it.

The years abroad

He was constantly looking for a climate that would be good for his ill health. He boarded a ship in 1888 with his family and sailed towards the eastern and central pacific. He made close friends with King Kalkaua and the king’s niece, Princess Victoria Kaiulani, while they were visiting the Hawaiian islands during their three years of travels. The family also visited Tahiti, New Zealand, the Samoan Islands, and the Gilbert Islands. Stevenson finished “The Master of Ballantrae” during this time, as well as “The Bottle Imp” and two songs based on local tales.

King Kalakaua with Robert Louis Stevenson.
On the island of Upolu in Samoa, Stevenson bought a 1.6 km2 plot of property in 1890. He used the Tusitala, which is Samoan for “Teller of Tales,” is the native name.

In 1894, Robert Louis Stevenson passed away at the age of 44. He was opening a bottle of wine and talking to his wife when he abruptly passed out. He is said to have passed away from a brain haemorrhage. Stevenson is interred beside the family house, which is now a museum devoted to the author, atop Mount Vaea in Upolu.


Would you want to visit London and immerse yourself in Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous horror tale “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”? Visit the tour website for additional details!