Even writers get bored. In a long-lost essay from Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde scribe Robert Louis Stevenson, the author admits to finding the fiction of his time to be rather dull.
The never-before-published essay, which appears in the latest issue of The Strand Magazine, details Stevenson’s frustration with his contemporaries. “In the trash that I have no doubt you generally read, a vast number of people will probably get shot and stabbed and drowned; and you have only a very slight excitement for your money,” he wrote. “But if you want to know what a murder really is — to have a murder brought right home to you — you must read of one in the writings of a great writer. Read Macbeth, for example, or still better, get someone to read it aloud to you; and I think I can promise you what people call a ‘sensation.’” READ FULL STORY