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EDINBURGH, he wrote, was not so much a city as the largest of small towns, not so much beautiful as interesting, and that, "in a word, and above all, she is a curiosity".
A LIGHTHOUSE on an island in the Forth, said to have been the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel Treasure Island, is set for a revamp under new plans.
HIS childhood holidays in the seaside town are said to have inspired the classic novel, Treasure Island.
'WICKED uncle, kidnapped heir, bastards, sudden death. Very gratifying," the aspiring young novelist Patrick O'Brian reflected in 1945 on first reading of the sensational ordeal of James Annesley.
HE IS one of the giants of Scottish literature, but is still viewed by many experts as an unsung genius in the land of his birth.
ROBERT Louis Stevenson's worst nightmare has been set to music and will be premiered in Edinburgh next month.
IT'S the ultimate pilgrimage for admirers of Robert Louis Stevenson.
THE gruesome story of Dr Jekyll and his depraved alter ego Mr Hyde has fascinated readers for more than a century. The 1886 novella The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, with its tale of the battle between good and evil within one man, enjoyed worldwide success and elevated Robert Louis Stevenson to the status of bestselling author of his time. Even today the impact of the story is such that the term "Jekyll and Hyde" is commonly used to describe people with a split or dual personality.
WE start at Lady Stair's Close, near the top of the Royal Mile and the site of the Writers' Museum, which houses the most significant Stevenson collection in the UK.
A SECONDARY school pupil will be "kidnapped" in South Queensferry tomorrow as part of a theme day to celebrate Robert Louis Stevenson's book.
'I'D hardly ever looked at a Stevenson book since I left school," admits Cam Kennedy, looking out the window at the back streets of Edinburgh.
YESTERDAY saw the launch of "One Book - One Edinburgh", a campaign to popularise the reading habit and to publicise the capital's title of UNESCO City of Literature. Some 35,000 free copies of Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped will go to every school and library in Edinburgh until stocks run out.
A GRAPHIC novel version of Kidnapped is included among 35,000 copies of the Scottish adventure yarn, written by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1886, being distributed free in Edinburgh this month.
THE escapades of young David Balfour and the Jacobite adventurer Alan Breck Stewart have captured the imaginations of generations of Scots readers.
WHEN Robert Louis Stevenson collapsed and died whilst opening a bottle of wine in the early morning of 3 December 1894, the Samoan islanders whose cause he had championed insisted on standing guard outside his home until daybreak.
NORTH Ronaldsay – Orkney's most northerly outpost – is considered remote even to other Orcadians. But residents – which number about 60 – don't let that stop them from putting their tiny island on the map with a series of innovative ideas that have secured national recognition. These actions include selling meat from their seaweed-eating sheep to posh restaurants as well as producing knitwear that uses dyewood from a 266-year-old shipwreck to visitors like Prince Charles.
AN exhibition of Robert Louis Stevenson memorabilia has opened in North Berwick, as part of the inaugural festival for the Edinburgh-born writer.
THE Robert Louis Stevenson Festival has received a £3650 Awards for All grant.