Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850-1894  Robert Louis Stevenson composite image

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh's New Town in 1850. He died 44 years later on a small Samoan island in the Pacific.

During his short life he travelled the world, defied convention, and made himself one of the most famous writers of the 19th century.

Here we tell Stevenson's story, illustrated with material held in the National Library of Scotland's collections.

You can also see the entire first English edition of 'Kidnapped' — one of his most famous tales — published in 1886.

 Detail from 'Kidnapped' cover by N C Wyeth, 1913
>> Read 'Kidnapped' online
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