He was a sickly child, and respiratory troubles plagued him throughout his life. As a young man, he traveled through Europe, leading a bohemian lifestyle and penning his first two books, both travel narratives. In , he met a married woman, Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne, and fell in love with her. Osbourne eventually divorced her husband, and she and Stevenson were married. Stevenson returned to London with his bride and wrote prolifically over the next decade, in spite of his terrible health.