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date: 27 November 2020

STEVENSON, Robert Louis (1850–94) Novelist, essayist, and poet, 

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature

Daniel Hahn

the son of Thomas Stevenson, an Edinburgh civil engineer, and Margaret Balfour, a minister’s daughter. He was baptized Robert Lewis Balfour, but changed his second name to ‘Louis’ when a young man and was always called that by his family and friends. He was an only child; his mother suffered from poor health and he was largely brought up by his nurse, Alison Cunningham (‘Cummy’). Louis was ill for much of his childhood, suffering especially from a bad chest, and his wakeful feverish nights were often soothed by his father telling him stories from the bedroom door. He did not learn to read until he was seven, but entertained himself with tales of his own devising and (a little later) with ... ...

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