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).
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons).
AuthorRobert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson. (1850 - 1894). Scottish.
WorkNovelist. Author of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886).
GenresNeo-Romanticism. Gothicism. Historical novel. Adventure novel.
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