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Robert Louis Stevenson

1850 - 1894

Robert Louis Stevenson is a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist and travel writer who created the children’s novel Treasure Island, and of the horror story The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. His whole work is based on a key theme is the impossibility of identifying and separating good from evil. His writing relies on visual effects, and on numerous narrators and points of views.


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The Land of Counterpane

When I was sick and lay a-bed,
I had two pillows at my head,
And all my toys beside me lay
To keep me happy all the day.
And sometimes for an hour or so
I watched my... [+]

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The Body-Snatcher

Every night in the year, four of us sat in the small parlour of the George at Debenham–the undertaker, and the landlord, and Fettes, and myself. Sometimes there would be more; but blow high, blow... [+]

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Foreign Lands

Up into the cherry tree
Who should climb but little me?
I held the trunk with both my hands
And looked abroad on foreign lands.
I saw the next door garden lie,... [+]

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Dedication

My first gift and my last, to you
I dedicate this fascicle of songs–
The only wealth I have:
Just as they are, to you.

I speak the truth in soberness, and say
I had rather bring a light to... [+]

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Bed in Summer

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the... [+]

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My Shadow

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me... [+]