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Stevenson, Robert Louis. (1850 - 1894).

W o r k

- fascinated with horror x but: achieved great variety and invention

- employed small-town settings and the Scots vernacular > achieved a precise sense of Scottish place

- member of the Scottish ‘Kailyard School’ rooted in Walter Scott's work

< his historical fiction is influenced by W. Scott x but: lacks his urge to find a historical justice or justification

Treasure Island (1883):

- a famous boys’ story primarily intended for children readers

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886):

- a mystery story examining the divided self of Dr Jekyll, a London physician

- concludes with Jekyll’s suicide as the only effective release from his predatory alter ego Hyde

Kidnapped (1886) and its sequel Catriona (1893):

- historical novels set in the 18th century Scotland torn by Jacobite divisions

- concerned with deception, suspicion, injustice, and obligatory flight

The Master of Ballantrae: A Winter’s Tale (1889):

- a historical novel set in the aftermath of ‘The Forty-five Jacobite Rising’

- two politically and emotionally divided brothers symbolize the historic tensions within Scottish culture

The Beach at Falesá (1893) and The Ebb Tide (1894):

- South Sea adventure stories


"It was on the moral side, and in my own person, that I learned to recognise the thorough and primitive duality of man; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both." 

From The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886).


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  • Author

    Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson. (1850 - 1894). Scottish.
  • Work

    Novelist. Author of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886).
  • Genres

    Neo-Romanticism. Gothicism. Historical novel. Adventure novel.


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