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Mario Bonomo Sergio Barrale Mrs Royer English 11A 1 April 1999 Robert Louis Stevenson A gentle man of fortune is used to describe Captain Flint in the book Treasure Island This statement came from the brilliant mind of Robert Louis Stevenson and basically describes the man and his life Robert Louis Stevenson was born on November 13 1850 Stevenson spent his childhood like no others He took many voyages with his father as a child and as he grew older he witnessed The 1800s was a time of peace in Britain although high crimes and piracy still existed Both Treasure Island and Jekyll and Hyde are reflective of his voyages and the society of the people through those times Robert Louis Stevenson lived much of his childhood in a beautiful country home Stevensons childhood and later life with his family affected his works Stevensons father Thomas was a so of Robert Stevenson founder of the family of lighthouse engineers who built Skerryvore Bell Rock and other famous towers around the rocky coast of Scotland His mother was Margaret youngest daughter of Reverend Lewis Balfour minister at Colinton Stevenson was a delicate only child adored by his parents and Cummie his devoted nurse Cummie was a strongly religious woman who watched over and cared for Robert Cummie entertained her charge with a spark for imagination In occasion he would take voyages with his father His father would sometimes take him inspecting lighthouses and harbors along the coast On these outings Stevenson experienced images of moors mountains and seagirt isles His grandfather who performed the same job as his father would also take him on many outings Stevensons father was one of the strongest figures in his life Thomas Stevenson Stevensons father tried to guide him in the right direction towards engineering Sadly it was the wrong direction for Stevenson Robert realized that he has the heart of a writer He
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