Because of childhood illnesses, Stevenson's early education was often interrupted. Yet, it was reported that, before he could even read, he had taken to dictating stories to his mother and his nurse. His father, himself having dabbled in writing, was proud of his son's interest and encouraged him.
His father, grandfather, and brothers were all employed as lighthouse engineers. Toward that end, in November 1867 he entered the University of Edinburgh to study engineering. But, he showed little or no enthusiasm for his studies and, eventurally, in April 1871, announced to his father his decision to forego the family business in favor of a life of letters. Though the elder Stevenson was naturally disappointed, the surprise cannot have been great, and Stevenson's mother reported that he was "wonderfully resigned" to his son's choice.¹ read more
"Everyone should always have two books with him, one to read and one to write in."
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