Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on November 13, 1850. He was prone to illness and spent many days lying in bed writing and reading. He wanted to follow family tradition and become a lighthouse engineer, so he began studying at University of Edinburgh in 1867, but quickly realized he preferred to persue a career of literature. He still aquired a law degree and was admitted to the bar by the time he was 25, all in an effort to please his father. Before getting married in 1876, Stevenson spent 4 years wandering around Europe publishing essays and articles centered around his travels. Depsite his deteriorating health, he made a life-threatening trip to the United States to remain close to his wife. Shortly after the birth of their son, he moved his family back to England where he would publish his first successful novel in 1884. 10 years later, in 1894, Stevenson became depressed because he believed his best years were behind him. He died on the evening of December 3, 1894.
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