Stevenson was born on Nov. 13, 1850. He wrote novels of high adventure such as Treasure Island and Kidnapped.
Unlike the "manly men" in his books, Stevenson was constantly sick. He even left his home in Scotland and moved to the Pacific island of Samoa in the hopes the milder climate would ease his symptoms.
The boat that took him on his journey was provided to Stevenson by Dr. Samuel Merritt, who had moved to California from Harpswell, Maine.
Stevenson has another strong Maine connection. The artist who provided the illustrations for Treasure Island was N.C. Wyeth. He bought a second home in Port Clyde and his family has spent their summers in Maine ever since.