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Robert Louis Stevenson like most authors was both criticized and praised for his work There were many people to review his work before and after his death No matter what people say he is one of the most popular authors ever A lot of the reviews I have read contain very interesting points There are both things I agree and disagree with in the critical writings The two novels I read while studying Stevensons work were Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Treasure Island Stevensons praise and criticism were mostly received at different times During his lifetime Stevenson was one of the most popular authors ever He was treated as a god in the literary field There seems to have been no one who said a critical word of Stevenson until he died He had most success with Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in 1886 He died not long after he became popular in 1894 He is gone our Prince of storytellers with the insatiable taste for weird adventure for diablerie for a strange mixture of metaphysics and romance1 That is how one critic analyzed the sadness of his death to the literary world Overall he did not receive that much success or popularity until he was almost deceased It was when he died that his work came to the peak of its popularity For about the first twenty years after his death Stevenson was highly praised by English language critics He became the new great English novelist at a time when that title was a matter of national pride His work and life were seen as a mystery to many people because he received little popularity until he died Then all of a sudden he received tons of it Many people began to review his life and works It was written that perhaps no other writer was ever so much written about within so few years of his death2 Most people loved Stevensons work
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