Robert Louis Stevenson (1850−1894) was an acclaimed poet, essayist, novelist and travel-writer, as accomplished in fiction as in non-fiction. Born and educated in Edinburgh, Scotland, Stevenson studied to become a lawyer though he never actually practised law. Dogged by ill health throughout his life, Stevenson travelled extensively, simply for joy of it and to find more salubrious climates—in America, in Europe, and on the island of Samoa in the Pacific Ocean, where he lived for four years before death. A well-known literary figure during his lifetime, Stevenson’s popularity has endured and grown over the last century. His work includes many timeless classics; among others, Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, New Arabian Nights and A Child’s Garden of Verses.