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Title: Robert%20Louis%20Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Nationality ScottishBirth Date November 13,
    1850Death Date December 3, 1894Genre(s)

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  • Stevenson was largely raised by his nanny, Alison
    Cunningham, whom he devoted A CHILD'S GARDEN OF
    VERSES (1885). Since his childhood, Stevenson
    suffered from tuberculosis. During his early
    years, he spent much of his time in bed,
    composing stories before he had learned to read.
    At the age of sixteen he produced a short
    historical tale. As an adult, there were times
    when Stevenson could not wear a jacket for fear
    of bringing on a hemorrhage of the lung. In 1867
    he entered Edinburgh University to study
    engineering. Due to his ill health, he had to
    abandon his plans to follow in his father's
    footsteps. Stevenson changed to law and in 1875
    he was called to the Scottish bar. By then he had
    already started to write travel sketches, essays,
    and short stories for magazines. His first
    articles were published in The Edinburgh
    University Magazine (1871) and The Portofolio

  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde,
    published in January of 1886, sold 40,000 copies
    in six months in Britain. Stevenson said later
    that its plot was revealed to him in a dream. The
    mystery of Jekyll and Hyde is gradually revealed
    through the narratives of Mr Enfield, Mr
    Utterson, Dr Lanyon, and Jekyll's butler Poole.
    Utterson, Jekyll's lawyer, discovers that the
    nasty Mr. Edward Hyde is the heir of Dr. Jekyll's
    fortune. Hyde is suspected of a murder. Utterson
    and Poole break into Jekyll's laboratory and find
    the lifeless Hyde. http//

  • Two documents explain the mystery Jekyll's old
    friend, the late Dr. Lanyon, tells that Jekyll
    and Hyde are the same person. In his own account
    Jekyll tells that to separate the good and evil
    aspects of his nature, he invented a transforming
    drug. His evil self takes the form of the
    repulsive Mr Hyde. Jekyll's supplies of drugs run
    out and he finds himself slipping involuntarily
    into being Hyde. Jekyll kills himself, but the
    last words of the confession are written by his
    alter ego "Here then, as I lay down the pen and
    proceed to seal up my confession, I bring the
    life of that unhappy Dr. Jekyll to an end."

Stevenson died of a brain hemorrhage on December
3, 1894
RLS in Sydney, 1893, together with his wife
(Fanny Stevenson), his stepdaughter (Isobel
Strong, Fanny's daughter by her first marriage)
and his mother (Margaret Stevenson) (1893 2i)
The Writers' Museum, Edinburgh