Biographical/administrative history: Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) was a Scottish writer, his most famous works being Treasure Island (1883), The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886), and Kidnapped (1886). Born in Edinburgh, he spent much of his life overseas. He suffered from chronic lung disease and sought a climate favourable to his health, eventually settling in Samoa in the Pacific, where he died.
As well as novels, he wrote poetry, short stories, essays, plays and travel literature. He was a celebrity in his lifetime, though he fell out of favour during the 20th century, only recently being re-evaluated.
Contents: Works by Stevenson, mostly published in the years following his death. Includes the Edinburgh edition of his works, as well as his collected letters, published in 1994-95 by Yale University Press. Also includes some biographical works, e.g. Graham Balfour’s Life of Robert Louis Stevenson (1901).
Extent: 139 titles
Custodial history: The collection was donated by the Balfour family in 2009. Stevenson’s mother was Margaret Isabella Balfour (1829–1897). His official biography was written by his cousin, Graham Balfour (1858-1929).
Accruals: none expected
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