*With reference points from Stevenson’s life italicized in green.*
The Pentland Rising (RLS’s first published essay)
1867 – Attended Edinburgh University as a civil engineering major.
1871 – Begins to study law.
Roads (his first paid publication)
1875 –finished university; passed Scottish Bar; a year later meets Fanny Osbourne.
An Inland Voyage (his first book);
Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes
Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes
1880 – Married Fanny Osbourne in San Francisco, California;
honeymoons in Napa Valley for 9 weeks; then returns to Scotland.
Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers (published as a book);
Treasure Island (serialized in Young Folks magazine in 1881-1882)
Familiar Studies of Men and Books;
New Arabian Nights;
Treasure Island (first published as book);
Across the Plains (published in Longman’s Magazine);
The Black Arrow (published in Young Folks magazine);
Silverado Squatters (published in Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine)
The Body Snatchers (published in Pall Mall magazine)
A Child’s Garden of Verses;
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde;
The Merry Men and Other Tales and Fables;
Memories and Portraits;
May 8th Thomas Stevenson dies;August 22nd Louis, Fanny, Lloyd and Margret Stevenson sail for New York and spend the winter at Saranac Lake.
Memoir of Fleming Jenkin;
The Black Arrow: A Tale of Two Roses;
The family charters the schooner Casco and sails out of the
San Francisco Bay to the South Seas.
The Master of Ballantrae: A Winter’s Tale;
The Wrong Box (in conjunction with step-son Lloyd Osbourne);
The Stevensons arrived in Hawaii and reunited with the Strong family;
his mother returns to Scotland while the rest continue on in the South Seas and Australia
Father Damien: An Open Letter to the Reverend Doctor Hyde of Honolulu;
RLS purchases the Vailima Estate on the island of Upolu, Samoa.
The South Seas (published in The Sun in New York);
The Bottle Imp (published in the New York Herald);
The Beach of Falesà (published in the Illustrated London News);
The Wrecker (co-authored by Lloyd Osbourne);
A Footnote to History: Eight Years of Trouble in Samoa;
Across the Plains With Other Memories and Essays;
Island Nights’ Entertainment;
Catriona (in the US it was published as David Balfour);
December 3 Stevenson suffers a cerebral hemorrhage and dies.
Songs of Travel and other Verses;
Weir of Hermiston (an unfinished novel);
In the South Seas;
1897 – May 14, Margaret Stevenson dies in Edinburgh.
St. Ives: Being The Adventures of a French Prisoner in England;
1914 – February 19, Fanny Stevenson dies in Santa Barbara, California.
1915 – June, Fanny buried with Stevenson on the summit of Mount Vaea, Samoa.
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