THE STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE AND OTHER TALES OF TERR OR
Long fascinated with the duality of human nature — that good and evil exist in us all — Stevenson set out to write a story based on this theme. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was that story. As was his habit, Stevenson let his wife read the first draft of the story. She didn't like it, feeling that it read like an allegory that he was trying to force to be a story. He quickly burned that manuscript — so legend says. Then, under the influence of cocaine, Stevenson wrote the next draft within six days. Taking the advice of his wife, he wrote it as an allegorical story. The finished product is one of the masterpieces of the Victorian era. It also contains some of the best insight into what life was like in the era.