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 read early editions of works such as 'Kidnapped' — one of his most famous tales, which was published in 1886.

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

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