(Born Nov. 13, 1850, Edinburgh, Scot. – died Dec. 3, 1894, Samoa).
Scottish essayist, poet and author of fiction and travel books, best known for his novels Treasure Island (1881), Kidnapped (1886), Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) and The Master of Ballantrae (1889). Robert Louis Stevenson grew up in Edinburgh and began to study engineering at Edinburgh University, but at twenty-one he decided to become a writer. His first book, An Inward Voyage (1878), describes a canoe trip to Belgium and France. In 1882, Stevenson began to publish longer fiction and Treasure Island was serialised at this time, but it was The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) wich was to bring him fame on both sides of the Atlantic. Stevenson has been acknowledged as one of the most important writers of English fiction. His writing highlighted the social, philosophical and cultural divisions of nineteenth-century Scotland and has been the inspiration for numerous later writers. He died in Samoa in 1894 at the height of his literary power.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
You are walking through the streets of London. It is getting dark and you want to get home quickly. You enter a narrow side-street. Everything is quiet, but as you pass the door of a large, windowless building, you hear a key turning in the lock. A man comes out and looks at you. You have never seen him before, but you realize immediately that he hates you. You are shocked to discover, also, that you hate him. Who is this man that everybody hates? And why is he coming out of the laboratory of the very respectable Dr Jekyll?
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