William Ernest Henley, the author of “Invictus” (see here), was the inspiration for one of the most recognisable characters in Victorian fiction. When his friend Robert Louis Stevenson wrote his first novel, “Treasure Island” (1883), he was inspired by Henley’s appearance to create Long John Silver, the one-legged pirate, one of the main characters.After the […]

W. E. Henley, Long John Silver and Wendy