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Robert Louis Stevenson, famed Scottish author of numerous books including Treasure Island and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, spent about six months in Monterey in 1879. He traveled from Europe to California following Fanny Vandegrift Osbourne, a San Francisco resident whom he met in Europe. When Stevenson got to Monterey he was extremely sick and needed to be carefully nursed back to health. He finally continued to on San Francisco and married Fanny in 1880.

Stevenson's time in Monterey was spent at the French Hotel, now called the Stevenson House. While here, he wrote articles for the local Monterey newspaper that illustrated the Monterey Peninsula, as he wandered the area of Monterey and Pacific Grove. While in Monterey he wrote "Old Pacific Capital" and it is thought that he based Treasure Island's setting off the local geography.

California also boasts the Robert Louis Stevenson State Park in Napa and Sonoma Counties where Robert Louis Stevenson and and his new wife Fanny Vandegrift Osbourne spent their honeymoon in the summer of 1880 living in a cabin on Mount Saint Helena. There is also a Robert Louis Stevenson School in Carmel/Pebble Beach.

Website: http://parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=963

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  • Updated Apr 13, 2008
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