Scottish born writer Robert Louis Steveson's fanciful stories were fodder for the earliest narrative adaptations as soon as film was long enough to include at least the basics of a short story, novelette or novel. He was born in Edinburgh. The very first adaptation of his work is unsurprisingly Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in 1908 and was a whopping 16 minutes in time length (long for the time). Unfortunately, it was probably a lost film. He died, probably of a massive cerebral hemorrhage, on 3 December in Viliama, Somoa; he was only 44 years of age. He was beloved by the Samoan people who guarded his body until his burial on sacred Mt. Vaea, where a tomb was eventually erected over his grave.
|A very early Daguerreotype photo of him as a child. |
|His original native burial.|
|Old postcard of his tomb|
|The Samoan song "Under The Wild And Starry Sky" translated into English from the Native Samoan|