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My interest in Robert Louis Stevenson began when I moved to San Francisco a few years ago.
I wanted to write a screenplay involving local history, but I knew next to nothing about San Francisco other than a few vague ideas perhaps generated by films like John Huston’s film noir The Maltese Falcon.
I soon came to discover that a number of fascinating historical figures have left their mark on San Francisco: Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, Oscar Wilde to name a few. But what drew me to R.L.S. in particular?
I realized that, although familiar with Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, I knew next to nothing about the author’s personal life. I quickly learned that he was more a travel writer than a novelist, that he was ill for most of his life, and that he had this wonderful sense of humor — dry, subtle, even sarcastic.
I began research by reading his letters — there are hundreds of them and all very fascinating. They give a strong sense of time and place as well as an extraordinary insight into R.L.S.’s personality and personal relationships. And, of course, I read the classics Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, both of which demonstrated the man’s eloquence and imagination.
I hope to capture that sense, insight, eloquence, and imagination through Death Is No Bad Friend and reveal a side of R.L.S. most people are unfamiliar with.
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