born in Edinburgh, Scotland
at age 17, Stevenson enrolled in Edinburgh Univ to study engineering with the goal to follow his father in the family business as Lighthouse designers.
Stevenson lost interest in family business and decided to go into law
published first book An Island Voyage bout his trip from Antwerp to northern France which he made in a canoe.
Married Fanny Osbourne in France
Published his first short story New Arabian Nights
Novel Treasure Island inspired by map he drew for 12yr old step son
The book was written after taking his wife to the abandoned silver mine in Napa Valley, California
died of a stroke at his home in Vailima, Samona and buried atop of Mount Vaea.