Stevenson, Robert Louis

(1850-1894)
   He was a Scottish poet, born in Edinburgh, the son of a lighthouse engineer, who from about his eighteenth year dropped the use of his third Christian name, Balfour, and changed the spelling of Lewis to Louis. He was an imaginative child whose inner child never aged. In spite of suffering from tuberculosis he was a great traveler and attended classes at Edinburgh University when health permitted. After purchasing a plantation on Samoa, he became a kind of chief among the Samoans, who christened him "Tusitala," meaning "storyteller." He died of an apparent stroke. His novels of adventure, romance, and horror are of considerable psychological depth and have continued in popularity long after his death, both as books and as films. Two of his poems are "Requiem," which describes the place where he died in Samoa, and "Sing Me a Song of a Lad That is Gone," which records memories of sailing past the Hebrides, off western Scotland, in 1874. Some of his other poems: "Bright is the Ring of Words," "The Canoe Speaks," "The Light-Keeper," "The Swing," "To an Island Princess," "To Princess Kaiulani," "To the Stormy Petrel," "Winter."
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