Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in November of 1850, Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson wrote novels, poems, essays and travel literature. Among his most popular works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, soon to be published in a special edition by Onça. We also recommend his short stories “The Body Snatcher” and especially “The Bottle Imp.”
Stevenson was acclaimed in his lifetime, but his popularity sagged for most of the 1900s. After a reemergence of Victorian literature near the end of the twentieth century, Stevenson now stands in 26th in UNESCO’s Index Translationum, a ranking of the most translated authors. This puts Stevenson ahead of popular writers like Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, Edgar Allan Poe, Gabriel García Márquez, and even Plato.
G. K. Chesterton once wrote that Stevenson “seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins.”