Robert Louis Stevenson

There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.

– Robert Louis Stevenson



born in Edinburgh, Scotland, The United Kingdom,  November 13, 1850


died: December 03, 1894


gender: male




Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of Neo-romanticism in English literature. He was greatly admired by many authors, including Jorge Luis Borges, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling and Vladimir Nabokov.

Most modernist writers dismissed him, however, because he was popular and did not write within their narrow definition of literature. It is only recently that critics have begun to look beyond Stevenson’s popularity and allow him a place in the Western canon.

On December 3rd, 1894, he died of an apparent cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 44.

7 thoughts on “Robert Louis Stevenson

  1. November 13, 1850: Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson was born to a family of lighthouse designers, 163 years ago today. Like many a modern aspiring writer, Stevenson got a law degree to please his parents but never practiced.

  2. 😀 Love this quote!

  3. I think that quote should be passed around the world. Studied. And learned.

  4. Red Badge of Courage stands at the pinnacle of anti war literature right up there with All Quit of the Western Front.

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