December 3rd 1894: Robert Louis Stevenson dies


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 – 1894)

On this day in 1894, the author Robert Louis Stevenson died aged 44. Stevenson was best known for his works ‘Treasure Island’, ‘Kidnapped’ and ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde’. He is considered one of the greatest authors of the 19th century. Stevenson died on the evening of 3rd December 1894. He was talking to his wife and trying to open a bottle of wine when he said “What’s that!” and asked his wife “Does my face look strange?”. He then collapsed and died a few hours later from what was most likely a cerebral hemorrhage.


Stevenson’s tomb on Mt Vaea on Upolu island in Samoa

On Stevenson’s tomb is inscribed his ‘Requiem’:

“Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.
This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.”


One response to “December 3rd 1894: Robert Louis Stevenson dies

  1. Nice tribute!! Thought you might be interested in my short film “Death Is No Bad Friend” about Robert Louis and Fanny Stevenson in San Francisco: Best regards, G. E.

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