Robert Louis Stevenson



   Born on November 13,1850. Steveson came from a long line of lighthouse engineers, so during his childhood, he mostly spend time with his grandfather, a minister and professor of moral philosophy. His grandfather will tell stories and sermons to Steveson. Steveson was mostly sick all the time, so he spends most of his time in bed. He was entertained by only his imagination, and a great love for reading. He died on December 3, 1894.


Encouraged by his family to keep the tradition and become a lighthouse engineer, he quickly discovered that instead of being a lighthouse engineer, he wanted a career in literature. Steveson spent the next four years, traveling around Europe, and writing essays about his travels. In 1876 he met Fanny Vandegrift Osbourne, a married women, who was 10 years older then him. When she decided to go to America, Steveson followed her across the Atlantic. They arrived to California in 1879. Osbourne was now divorced, so in May they were married. Steveson brought his family and son back to Britain and began to write seriously. His first successful novel was treasure island.

Poem by Robert Louis Steveson

Autumn Fires

In the other gardens
And all up the vale,
From the autumn bonfires
See the smoke trail!

Pleasant summer over
And all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes,
The grey smoke towers.

Sing a song of seasons!
Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall!