His Life in a Nutshell
Robert Louis Stevenson was born in the 13th of November 1850 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was thought to have tuberculosis, bronchiectasis or even sarcoidosis.
He was sent to school at the age of six but due to his illness, he often had to skip school. During his absences from school, Robert was taught by private teachers but at the age of eleven, Robert went to Edinburgh Academy, a school for boys where he stayed for fifteen months.
Two years later, in 1863, he was sent to a boarding school. In 1864 he went to Robert Thomson’s private school where he studied until university. In 1867 Robert got into the University of Edinburgh, where he studied engineering. He knew it wasn’t for him , but he followed his family profession.
One of the most important people in Robert’s life was his cousin, Robert Alan Mowbray Stevenson, who chose to study art instead of their family profession. In my opinion, he’s the reason why in 1887 Robert published the ‘Underwoods’ poetry collection, he practically rebelled. He turned from his family profession, started to wear long hair and declared himself an atheist. Sleeping became unimportant and he would just sleep anywhere he liked.
Luckily, in 1876 he met Fanny, whom he married in May 1880. Fanny had a son, Lloyd, and the three of them travelled to San Francisco and spent their honeymoon there.
He had a couple of happy years without losing his productivity.
At the age of forty-four, on the 3rd of December 1894, Robert Louis Stevenson died of a cerebral haemorrhage. He was buried nearby Mount Vaea.