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Robert Louis Stevenson

(Born November 13, 1850, Died December 3, 1894)

As from the house your mother sees
You playing round the garden trees,
So you may see, if you will look
Through the windows of this book,
Another child, far, far away,
And in another garden, play.
But do not think you can at all,
By knocking on the window, call
That child to hear you. He intent
Is all on his play-business bent.
He does not hear, he will not look,
Nor yet be lured out of this book.
For, long ago, the truth to say,
He has grown up and gone away,
And it is but a child of air
That lingers in the garden there.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Nov. 13, 1850. His father was a prosperous civil engineer, and the boy showed interest in that profession. Later, however, he decided to study law instead. Stevenson attended the University of Edinburgh and was admitted to the bar in 1875. But he was more interested in writing. and in 1878 he published An Inland Voyage which described a canoe trip through France and Belgium. Critics recognized the grace of the young writer's style, but the public paid little attention to the sketh.

In 1876, Stevenson met and fell in love with Mrs. Fanny Osbourne. Three years later, he learned that she was ill in San Francisco, and decided to go see her. He traveled as a steerage passenger and crossed the United States in the immigrant train.

After he arrived in San Francisco, Stevenson married Mrs. Osbourne. After a few months, he returned to Scotland with his wife and his new son, Lloyd. In 1879, Stevenson wrote two stories, The Amateur Emigrant and Across the Plains, which made use of his travel experiences in the U.S. The following years were wandering ones for Stevenson, spent in a long effort to find health. Yet in spite of his poor health, Stevenson wrote two collections of delightful essays between 1880 and 1888. These were Virginibus Puerisque (1881) and Familiar Studies of Men and Books (1882). He also wrote a volume of fanciful and entertaining stories, The New Arabian Nights (1882); the ever-popular Treasure Island (1883); Prince Otto (1885), a lovely romance; The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde (1886), a story in which physical change in man symbolizes moral change; Kidnapped (1886) and The Master of Ballantre (1888), two excellent and widely read stories of Scottish life; and two collections of poems, A Child's Garden of Verses (1885), familiar to many English-speaking children, and Underwoods (1887). Stevenson's works earned him great popularity because of his clear and careful style, and his extraordinary power as a storyteller. His stories are existing, not because of exaggerations, but because they give an accurate picture of the action, and let the reader fill that he/she is seeing everything just as if he were present.

In 1888, Stevenson went with his family to Samoa in the South Seas, in search of better climate for his still declining health. The people there loved him, and looked up to him. They named him tusitala, taller of tales. Stevenson died of apoplexy in 1894, when he was just 44 years old. Sixty Samoans carried his body to the top of Mount Vaea, where he was buried.

Dmitry Karshtedt

Organized Collections of Poems:
Child's Garden of Verses
New Poems
Songs of Travel

"About the Sheltered Garden Ground"
Ad Magistrum Ludi
Ad Martialem
Ad Nepotem
Ad Olum
Ad Piscatorem
Ad Quintilianum
Ad Se Ipsum
After Reading Antony and Cleopatra
Air of Diabelli's
"The Angler Rose, He Took..."
Apologetic Postscript of a Year Later
Armies In the Fire
"As in Their Flight the Birds of Song"
"As One Who Having Wandered..."
"As Seamen On the Seas"
"At Last She Comes..."
At the Sea-Side
Auntie's Skirts
Autumn Fires
Away With Funeral Music
Bed In Summer
"Before This Little Gift Was Come"
"Behold, as Goblins Dark of Mien"
The Blast - 1875
Block City
The Bour-Tree Den
"Bright Is the Ring..."
A Camp
The Celestial Surgeon
The Canoe Speaks
"The Cock's Clear Voice Into the Clear Air"
"Come, Here is Adieu to the City"
"Come, My Beloved, Hear From Me"
"Come, My Little Children, Here Are..."
The Commissioners of Northern Lights
The Counterblast - 1886
The Counterblast Ironical
The Country of the Camisards
The Cow
"Dear Lady, Tapping At Your Door..."
"Death, To the Dead For Evermore"
De Erotio Puella
De Coenatione Micae
Dedication Poem for Underwoods
De Hortis Julii Martialis
De Ligurra
De M. Antonio
The Dumb Soldier
"Early In the Morning I Hear..."
Embro hie Kirk
An End of Travel
An English Breeze
Envoy for A Child's Garden of Verses
Epitaphium Erotii
Escape at Bedtime
Et Tu In Arcadia Vixisti
"Fair Isle At Sea"
Fairy Bread
"Farewell, Fair Day And Fading Light!"
Farewell to the Farm
The Far-Farers
"Fear Not, Dear Friend..."
Fixed is the Doom
"Flower God, God of the Spring..."
The Flowers
Foreign Children
Foreign Lands
For Richmond's Garden Wall
From a Railway Carriage
The Gardener
Gather Ye Roses
"God Gave to Me a Child in Part"
"Go, Little Book -- the Ancient Phrase"
Good and Bad Children
A Good Boy
A Good Play
"Had I the Power That Have the Will"
"Hail! Childish Slaves of Social Rules"
"Hail, Guest, And Enter Freely..."
Happy Thought
The Hayloft
Heather Ale
"He Hears With Gladdened Heart..."
Henry James
"Here, Perfect to a Wish"
Historical Associations
"Home From the Daisied Meadows"
"Home No More Home to Me,..."
The House Beautiful
"I Am Like One That For Long..."
"I Do Not Fear to Own Me Kin"
"I Dreamed of Forest Alleys Fair"
If This Were Faith
"I Have Trod the Upward And..."
Ille Terrarum
"I Love To Be Warm By the Red..."
"I Know Not How, But As I Count"
"I Know Not How It is With You"
In Charidemum
"In the Green And Gallant Spring"
"In Dreams, Unhappy, I Behold..."
"In the Highlands..."
"The Infinite Shining Heavens"
In Lupum
In Maximum
In Memoriam E. H.
In Memoriam F.A.S.
"I Now, O Friend, Whom..."
In Port
In the States
"It Blows a Snowing Gale..."
"It is Not Yours, O Mother,..."
"It is the Season Now to Go"
"It's Forth Across the Roaring Foam"
"It's an Owercome Sooth for Age an' Youth"
"I Who All the Winter Through"
"I, Whom Apollo Sometime Visited"
"I Will Make You Brooches And..."
Keepsake Mill
"Know You the River Near to Grez"
The Lamplighter
The Land of Counterpane
The Land of Nod
The Land of Story-Books
"Late in the Nicht in Bed I Lay"
"Late, O Miller"
"Let Beauty Awake..."
"Let Love Go, If Go She Will"
"Light As the Linnet On..."
The Little Land
"Long Time I Lay in Little Ease"
"Lo! In Thine Honest Eyes I Read"
"Lo, Now, My Guest..."
Looking Forward
Looking-Glass River
"Loud and Low in the Chimney"
Love's Vicissitudes
Love, What Is Love?
A Lowden Sabbath Morn
The Maker to Posterity
"Man Sails the Deep Awhile"
Marching Song
Matter Triumphans
"Men Are Heaven's Piers..."
A Mile An' A Bittock
"Mine Eyes Were Swift To Know..."
The Mirror Speaks
The Moon
"The Morning Drum-Call on My Eager..."
Music At the Villa Marina
My Bed Is a Boat
"My Body Which My Dungeon Is"
My Conscience!
"My Heart, When First the Blackbird Sings"
"My House, I Say...."
My Kingdom
"My Love Was Warm..."
My Shadow
My Ship and I
My Treasures
My Wife
Ne Sit Ancillae Tibi Amor Pudor
Nest Eggs
Night and Day
"Not Yet My Soul..."
"Now Bare to the Beholder's Eye"
"Now When the Number of My Years"
"O Dull Cold Northern Sky"
"Of All My Verse, Like Not..."
The Old Chimaeras, Old Receipts
"On Now, Although the Year Be Done"
Our Lady of the Snows
"Over the Land is April"
"The Pamphlet Here Presented"
Picture-Books in Winter
The Piper
Pirate Story
"Plain As the Glistering Planets..."
A Portrait
"The Relic Taken, What Avails the Shrine?"
"Say Not of Me That Weakly I Declined"
The Scotsman's Return From Abroad
Shadow March
"She Rested By the Broken Brook"
The Sick Child
"Since Thou Hast Given Me..."
"Since Years Ago For Evermore"
"Sing Clearlier, Muse,..."
"Sing Me a Song of a Lad That..."
Skerryvore: The Parallel
"Small is the Trust When Love is Green"
"So Live, So Love, So Use That..."
"Some Like Drink"
The Song Of Rahero
A Song Of the Road
"Soon Our Friends Perish"
The Spaewife
Spring Carol
Spring Song
Still I Love to Rhyme
St. Martin's Summer
"The Stormy Evening Closes Now in..."
"Stout Marches Lead to Certain Ends"
"Strange Are the Ways of Men"
Summer Sun
"The Summer Sun Shone Round Me"
The Sun's Travels
"Swallows Travel To and Fro"
The Swing
Tales of Arabia
"Tempest Tossed And Sore Afflicted..."
Their Laureate to an Academy Class Dinner Club
"This Gloomy Northern Day"
"Though Deep Indifference Should Drowse"
A Thought
"Thou Strainest Through the Mountain..."
Time to Rise
To Allison Cunningham From Her Boy
"To All That Love the Far And Blue"
To Andrew Lang
To Any Reader
To Auntie
To Charles Baxter
To Doctor John Brown
To Dr. Hake
To F. J. S.
To Friends at Home
To a Gardener
To H. F. Brown
To an Island Princess
To Kalakaua
To K. de M.
To Madame Garschine
To Marcus
To Mesdames Zassetsky And Garschine
To Minnie
To Minnie (from Underwoods)
To Miss Cornish
To Mother Maryanne
To Mrs. Macmarland
To Mrs. Will. H. Low.
To the Muse
To My Father
To My Mother
To My Name-Child
To My Old Familiars
To My Wife
To N. V. de G. S.
To Ottilie
To Princess Kaiulani
To Rosabelle
To S. R. Crockett
To Sydney
"To You, Let Snows And Roses"
To W. E. Henley
"To What Shall I Compare Her?"
To Will. H. Low.
To Willie And Henrietta
Tropic Rain
The Unseen Playmate
The Vagabond
A Valentine's Song
The Vanquished Knight
A Visit From the Sea
We Have Loved of Yore
"We Uncommiserate Pass Into..."
"What Man May Learn, What Man May Do"
"When Aince Aprile Has Fairly Come"
"When the Sun Comes After Rain"
Where Go the Boats?
Whole Duty of Children
The Wind
"The Wind Blew Shrill And Smart"
"The Wind is Without There..."
Windy Nights
"You Looked So Tempting In the Pew"
Young Night Thought
Youth And Love: I.
Youth And Love: II.

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