Jekyll & Hyde and R L Stevenson


What’s in a name? Walter Jekyll was a friend of Robert L Stevenson, whose psychologial thriller may have incorporated the name of Gertrude Jekyll’s brother into the title.

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, a psychological thriller, was published in 1886. Its author, Robert Louis Stevenson, a distinguished Scottish man of letters, was born in Edinburgh in 1850. A wide range of his work was published during his lifetime: poetry, novels, essays, travel books, letters and plays. He studied engineering and the law, before embarking on a literary career. Among his best known works are Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes, Treasure Island and Kidnapped. He suffered from ill health; hoping to get better, he settled in Samoa in the South Pacific in 1888, dying there in 1894. All these titles and more, including films and musical DVDs, based on or by Robert Louis Stevenson are available through Amazon

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