Welcome to The British Literary Ballads Archive, a site dedicated to a unique genre of literary imitations of traditional ballads. The site contains a growing archive of over 700 poems, as well as short biographical sketches of the poets who wrote them.

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Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94)



Scottish novelist, poet, essayist and travel writer, born in Edinburgh. Because of tuberculosis, he moved from place to place in Europe in search of a therapeutic climate. He loved travelling, dressed in Bohemian style, and came to reject Christianity. On the advice of his friends, he became a novelist, and wrote distinctive works, including Treasure Island (1883) and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886). After 1890 he lived on Upolu, one of the Samoan islands. (M. M.)

1.Christmas at Sea
2.The Feast of Famine
3.Heather Ale: A Galloway Legend
4.The Song of Rahéro
5.Ticonderoga: a Legend of the West Highlands