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Instantly the spirit of hell awoke in me and raged... I was suddenly struck through the heart by a cold thrill of terror - Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh on the 13 November 1850. He studied at Edinburgh University and also qualified as a lawyer. He travelled extensively in Europe and began his writing career during these years. He also met his future wife, Fanny, in France in 1876.They were married in 1880. In 1883 he published Treasure Island to great acclaim. Kidnapped and 'Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' were both published in 1886. Problems with his health meant that Stevenson frequently travelled in the warmer climates of the South Seas. He died in Samoa on 3 December 1894.
"Stevenson's short stories are certain to retain their position in English literature. His serious rivals are few indeed" -- Arthur Conan Doyle "Mr Hyde's sordid and perhaps deviant excesses are rendered more suggestive through being left undescribed" -- Sarah Waters "A fable that lies nearer to poetry than to ordinary prose fiction" -- Vladimir Nabokov "Robert Louis Stevenson...was a storyteller, that's what I'd like to be, that's what I'm trying to be" -- Quintin Jardine "Jekyll and Hyde, in particular, is such an important novel in terms of suspense and setting a perfect scene for crime" -- Alanna Knight