Louis Stevenson was born on November 13 in 1850 in Scotland. Despite his lengthy education
at Edinburgh, he always dreamed of being a writer. Soon he told his father that he would
not be following in his footsteps to become an engineer. At the age of twenty-six he began
to write for magazines and soon he was publishing his own books and articles. His first
famous novel (Treasure Island) didnt come until 1883 after he had married
Fanny Osborne, an American. Eventually he moved to America for a time, before continuing
on to Samoa. In Samoa he criticized Western domination of the islands and sided with the
native Polynesians. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was published in
1886 in attempts to raise money to support the family. Stevenson dreamt the plot and soon
feverishly jotted his memories down on paper, finishing the short novel in three days.
Unfortunately, Stevenson died suddenly, at the pinnacle of his writing career. Throughout
his life he had suffered from a strange lung condition hampered by the cold, wet climates
in which he lived. Despite his familys relocation to Samoa after his fathers
death, Stevenson soon passed away in 1894 at the age of forty-four. Stevenson will be best
remembered not only for his childrens adventure novels but also for his repeating
theme of the duality of human nature.