It is a tale so famous that the whole world now recognises a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ character – but how did Robert Louis Stevenson come to write his dark tale of duality?
The Edinburgh-born author always claimed Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde came to him in a dream. He dedicated the book to his cousin, Mrs Katharine de Mattos; Yet his wife, Fanny, had played a crucial role in persuading him to write the version of the story that became an instant best-seller. Why did Stevenson link Katharine with this dark tale of duality, and what role did she play in its creation?
Author and journalist Jeremy Hodges joins us to launch Mrs Jekyll and Cousin Hyde and tell the story of the cousins’ close relationship, from childhood romance to bitter estrangement in later life.