Robert Louis Stevenson, hailed as one of the greatest letter writers in the English language, was born in Edinburgh on November 13th, 1850. At the age of seventeen, he enrolled at Edinburgh University to study engineering, but switched to law. After completing his exams, he turned to writing and moved to France to be in the company of other young artists and painters. His first published volumes were works of travel writing.
Many years later, on vacation in Scotland, cold rainy weather forced his family to amuse themselves indoors, and Robert and his 12-yr-old stepson drew, colored and annotated the map of an imaginary “Treasure Island.”
Treasure Island was published in book form in 1883, marking the beginning of his popularity and his career as a profitable writer. Later works for children included A Child's Garden of Verses (1885), The Black Arrow (1883), Kidnapped (1886) and Catriona (1893). Stevenson died in December 1894.