Today is the birthday of Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (1850 – 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks among the 26 most translated authors in the world. More information about Stevenson and his poems on PoemHunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/robert-louis-stevenson/ Happy Birthday Robert Louis Stevenson!
Robert Louis Stevenson~ His own life was nearly as colourful as his novels, culminating with his 3 long sea voyages in the Pacific and his ultimate settlement in Samoa. Stevenson usually looks great-eyed and hollow-cheeked in pictures, and indeed was a lifelong sufferer of some chest-ailment - whether tuberculosis or bronchitis or another disease is unknown… Robert Louis Stevenson, 1890s - platinum print, by Notman of Boston (NPG, London)
O. Henry (1862-1910) was a prolific American short-story writer, a master of surprise endings, who wrote about the life of ordinary people in New York City. A twist of plot, which turns on an ironic or coincidental circumstance, is typical of O. Henry's stories. William Sydney Porter (O. Henry) was born in Greensboro, North Carolina.