Robert Louis Stevenson by Henry Walter Barnett bw. Stevenson was a literary jekyll and hyde online pdf during his lifetime, and now ranks as the 26th most translated author in the world.
He was christened Robert Lewis Balfour Stevenson. At about age 18, Stevenson changed the spelling of “Lewis” to “Louis”, and in 1873, he dropped “Balfour”. However, Robert’s mother’s family were not of the same profession. Fife in the fifteenth century. Stevenson spent the greater part of his boyhood holidays in his maternal grandfather’s house. Now I often wonder,” wrote Stevenson, “what I inherited from this old minister. I, though I never heard it maintained that either of us loved to hear them.
Lewis Balfour and his daughter both had weak chests, so they often needed to stay in warmer climates for their health. Stevenson inherited a tendency to coughs and fevers, exacerbated when the family moved to a damp, chilly house at 1 Inverleith Terrace in 1851. The family moved again to the sunnier 17 Heriot Row when Stevenson was six years old, but the tendency to extreme sickness in winter remained with him until he was eleven. Illness would be a recurrent feature of his adult life and left him extraordinarily thin.
In any case, his frequent illnesses often kept him away from his first school, so he was taught for long stretches by private tutors. He was a late reader, first learning at age seven or eight, but even before this he dictated stories to his mother and nurse. He compulsively wrote stories throughout his childhood. India Street, Edinburgh, but because of poor health stayed only a few weeks and did not return until October 1859. During his many absences he was taught by private tutors.
In October 1864, following an improvement to his health, he was sent to Robert Thomson’s private school in Frederick Street, Edinburgh, where he remained until he went to university. He showed from the start no enthusiasm for his studies and devoted much energy to avoiding lectures. Stevenson took part, and whose biography he would later write. He enjoyed the travels more for the material they gave for his writing than for any engineering interest.