Robert Louis Stevenson

The author who wrote the novel Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde also wrote which of the following?

Considering Around the World in Eighty Days, The Metamorphosis, Sense and Sensibility and Treasure Island, the answer is: Treasure Island.

Photo credit: Robert Louis Stevenson / Public Domain

The Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson is best known for Treasure Island, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. A celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson is currently ranked as the 26th most translated author in the world.

Perhaps less known about this prolific author was his lifelong struggle with illness. Young Stevenson's weak lungs destined him to a bedridden childhood and frequently threatened his life as a young adult. The sickroom served as the inspiration for his earliest works, many of which reflected his religious upbringing. However, Stevenson was not always confined to his bed or his father's religious imposition. Once the young author reached college, he abandoned his religious beliefs and began to embrace a more avid and wayward lifestyle. His love for travel and his search for a more suitable environment to control his illness took him all over Europe and eventually to America, where he found his future wife.

The inspiration for Stevenson's works grew out of these travels and his vivid imagination. Stevenson describes one rainy afternoon in his Essays in the Art of Writing:

"I made the map of an island; it was elaborately and (I thought) beautifully coloured; the shape of it took my fancy beyond expression; it contained harbours that pleased me like sonnets; and with the unconsciousness of the predestined, I ticketed my performance ‘Treasure Island.’”

Treasure Island was adapted by Disney into a live action adventure film in 1950. The film was met with success, and many further adaptations followed.  

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