In 1885, Robert Louis Stevenson published “A Child’s Garden of Verses,” a charming collection still read by and to children today. In 1886, he published “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” a brilliant and frightening tale of Gothic horror that probes the darkest corners of human nature. How do we reconcile the two sides of Stevenson’s genius? Join David Ingmundson for a discussion of the author, his work, his childhood, his illnesses, successes, and fears. Perhaps the answers can be found in Stevenson’s childhood in Edinburgh, a place he later referred to as a “lamplit Vicious Fairyland.” Or perhaps we can find enough clues in the writing itself.
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