Robert Louis Stevenson was a prolific Scottish writer who wrote novels, poems and essays through out is career.

Born in Edinburgh on the 13th of November 1850, he developed a love of writing from an early age and endeavoured to make it his life work. He enrolled in Edinburgh University to study engineering but soon found that he was not follow in his fathers footsteps as a lighthouse designer and changed to law which only fed his love for travel and adventure. During his time at university he travelled to France to surround himself with artists, poets and painters and it was then that his love of writing was truly cemented. His avid travelling continued throughout his early years and influenced his work allowing him to publish his first volume at the age of 28.

A stand out point in his career was during a period of severe illness which left him bedridden with writing being the only activity he could partake in. It was during this time that he wrote some of his best known works including Treasure Island (1883) Kidnapped (1886) and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886). This period of writing cemented Robert Louis Stevenson’s reputation and these works became some of the most widely read of the period.

After his death on 18th of December 1894, his work was accepted into the British Literary Canon as exemplary of great Scottish work. His works have inspired many stage productions and motion pictures and to this day are held in very high regard.

Olalla was first published in the 1885 Christmas edition of The Court and Society Review and then later re-published as part of the collection The Merry Men and Other tales and fables (1887). It is one of Stevenson’s lesser known works and this project hopes to introduce another of Stevenson’s great works to a new modern audience.


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