Stevenson, Robert Louis: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson Apart from Treasure island it is probably his best known work. Robert Louis Stevenson He was born in Edinburgh, the son of Thomas Stevenson, joint-engineer to the Board of Northern Lighthouses. He enters Edinburgh University in 1867 to study engineering but, since he had no interest in his father`s profession, changes to law and was admitted to advocate in 1875. He showed his interest in literary career by student contributions to The Edinburgh University Magazine in 1871 and The Portfolio in 1873. Even in his childhood his health was extremely poor; as an adult, there were times where he could not even wear a jacket for fear bringing on a haemorrhage of the lungs. In spite of this, he was all his life an enthusiastic traveller: an account of his canoe tour to France and Belgium was published in 1878 as An Inland Voyage, and Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes followed in 1879. In this year he travelled to California by emigrant ship and train: his account of these experiences was published posthumously in 1895 as The Amateur Emigrant. In America he married Mrs Fanny Osbourne, whom he had previously met in France. It was for her young son, Lloyd, that Treasure Island (1883) was originally devised. After a brief stay at Calistoga - recorded in The Silverando Squatters (1883) - he returned to England, determined to stand or fall by his ability to earn a living by writing. Stevenson contributed to various ...

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