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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by R L Stevenson The Author Robert Louis Stevenson was born at Edinburgh Scotland on the 13th of November 1850 As the son of a successful civil engineer he was expected to follow the family profession but finally he was allowed to study law at Edinburgh University Stevenson reacted violently against the Presbyterian respectability of the citys professional classes and this led to painful clashes with his parents When he was twenty-three he became afflicted with a severe respiratory illness from which he was to suffer for the rest of his life It was at this time that he determind to become a writer In 1879 he nearly killed himself travelling to California to marry Fanny Osbourne Together they continued his search for a climate kind to his fragile health His best-known novels Treasure Island 1883 and Kidnapped 1886 are both products of this period as is The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 1886 more commonly referred to as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Finally he settled with his family in Samoa where he died of cerebral hemorrhage on the 3rd of December 1894 Other books The Master of Ballantrae 1889 A Footnote to History 1892 In the South Seas 1896 Plot Mr Utterson a lawyer and his cousin Mr Enfield were taking their customary Sunday morning walk in London when they passed a gloomy house in a narrow street Mr Enfield told his companion that he had a frightening experience with an ugly-looking man who ran down a little girl at the doorway of the old building His name was Hyde Utterson knew a little about Hyde and Hydes strange connection with the respectable physician Dr Jekyll who also lived in this house He knew about
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