Robert Louis Stevenson Timeline


birth of RLS

Nov 13, 1850

born in Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh University

Mar 24, 1868

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.

Law School

Feb 4, 1875

Stevenson lost interest in family business and decided to go into law

decided to become a writer

Sept 24, 1875

An Inland Voyage

Oct 11, 1878

published first book An Island Voyage bout his trip from Antwerp to northern France which he made in a canoe.

Stevenson and Osbourne

Apr 16, 1880

Married Fanny Osbourne in France

New Arabian Nights

Sep 24, 1882

Published his first short story New Arabian Nights

Treasure Island

Jan 16, 1883

Novel Treasure Island inspired by map he drew for 12yr old step son

The Silverado Squatters

May 5, 1883

The book was written after taking his wife to the abandoned silver mine in Napa Valley, California

Published Dr. Jekell and Mr. Hyde

Aug 20, 1886

Rest in Peace

Dec 3, 1894

died of a stroke at his home in Vailima, Samona and buried atop of Mount Vaea.