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Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)

Related: 1850 - cocaine - literature written under the influence - 1886 - adventure novel - horror fiction - British literature

Novels: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886)

Robert Louis Stevenson and his Wife () - John Singer Sargent

Robert Louis Stevenson was another great discovery for me - the notion that the story of Jekyll and Hyde had emerged from a cocaine binge makes so much sense of the story itself, as well as serving as a great example of the subtle ways in which an illicit drug like cocaine has found its way into mainstream culture. -- Sadie Plant via http://www.absolutewrite.com/novels/sadie_plant.htm [Jul 2005]

Biography

Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson (November 13, 1850 December 3, 1894), was a novelist, poet, and travel writer.

Stevenson's novels of adventure, romance, and horror are of considerable psychological depth and have continued in popularity long after his death, both as books and as films.

He is the author of Jekyll and Hyde. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Louis_Stevenson [Jul 2005]

Sadie Plant, in her book Writing on Drugs (1999), holds that The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) was written on a cocaine binge.

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