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Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson (November 13, 1850 December 3, 1894), was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of Neo-romanticism in English literature. He was greatly admired by many authors, including Jorge Luis Borges, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling and Vladimir Nabokov. Most modernist writers dismissed him, however, because he was popular and did not write within their narrow definition of literature. It is only recently that critics have begun to look beyond Stevenson's popularity and allow him a place in the Western canon. He prepared for a law career but never practiced. He travelled frequently, partly in search of better climates for his weak lungs (possibly due to tuberculosis), which would eventually contribute to his death at age 44.

the land of nod
From breakfast on through all the day
At home among my friends I stay,
But every night I g... [read poem]
the vagabond
Give to me the life I love,
Let the lave go by me,
Give the jolly heaven above
An... [read poem]
Under the wide and starry sky
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die... [read poem]
on laws (the prophet, chapter 13)
Then a lawyer said, "But what of our Laws, master?"
And he answered:

You delight in ... [read poem]
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