Robert Louis Stevenson


Born
in Edinburgh, Scotland
November 13, 1850

Died
December 03, 1894

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Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of 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.

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“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
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