morning coffee at luke's | Birthday Treasure
November 13, 2014
Happy Birthday, Robert Louis Stevenson!
Did you know?
The Royal Bank of Scotland issued a £1 banknote featuring Stevenson's likeness in 1994
When first published as a serial in Young Folks magazine, Treasure Island was titled The Sea Cook courtesy of mental_floss
RLS was a teenager once too, and like any teenager... he routinely asked his parents for money. Here is how he did it:
“Every year I have cost you an enormous — nay, elephantine — sum
of money for drugs and physician’s fees, and the most expensive time
of the twelve months was March,” Stevenson writes. “But this year
the biting Oriental blasts, the howling tempests, and the general ailments
of the human race have been successfully braved by yours truly. Does not
this deserve remuneration?” courtesy of Letters of Note
And most relevant to today...
At 41 years old, Stevenson gave his birthday away to a young girl named Annie, who was bummed that she shared a birthday with Jesus. He had a legal document, complete with conditions, drawn up to make the switch official-like. So I guess this entire post is moo ("Like a cow's opinion, it doesn't matter." First person to guess what that's from gets my love and respect.)