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Stevenson, Robert Louis
Robert Louis Stevenson was intended by his father to be an engineer, trained as a lawyer, and became a writer of stories of high adventure. They were devalued by the modernists but have come to be taken much more seriously by critics in recent years. Stevenson had poor health his whole life, but he still lived a live of adventure, spending many of his last years at sea in the South Pacific. He died at 44 and was buried on the Samoan island of Upolu.
Scottish author of prose, verse and travel. Stevenson's novels of exploration and exciting journeys, sanctuary and terror have continued in recognition long after his death. His style is both captivating and enduring.