The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Author’s Background. Robert Louis Stevenson (RLS) was born in 1850 in Edinburgh, Scotland RLS was the only child from a wealthy family, his father being a famous engineer. RLS was ill as a child and spent a lot of time reading. Childhood.
This geographical and social division is an essential part of the setting of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, which also relates to the psychological division of many of the characters.