Seeking Hyde

Thomas Reed (Author)

Product Details

Beaufort Books
Publish Date
November 01, 2018
6.3 X 1.4 X 9.3 inches | 1.45 pounds
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About the Author

Thomas Reed has spent twenty years exploring, teaching, and writing about the life and times of Robert Louis Stevenson. His non-fiction book, The Transforming Draught Jekyll and Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson, and the Victorian Alcohol Debate (McFarland, 2006), examines the outsized role of Drink in Stevenson's career and culture. In the course of his research, Reed stumbled across a profound historical irony rooted in the social impact of Stevenson's famous novel. Only by stepping into the realm of fiction could he explore the strange turnings of the author's fate in a way they positively cried out for.

Thomas Reed studied at Yale, the University of Virginia, and Oxford, and spent three decades teaching Victorian and medieval literature at Dickinson College, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He recently moved to Sarasota, Florida, to take up writing full time, where he lives with his wife Dorothy and writes each day at his grandfather's antique desk. On occasional afternoons, they stroll to the local tiki bar to enjoy the sunset and raise a glass to the spirit of Stevenson.


An addictive read, Seeking Hyde pulls us into the life and work of Robert Louis Stevenson--his writing process, entertaining friendships, fiery marriage, and complex, brilliant mind. A perfect novel for anyone with a passion for books and love of literary thrillers, Seeking Hyde entertains as it unmasks the man behind some of the greatest works of British literature.

--Virginia Pye, author of Dreams of the Red Phoenix & River of Dust

Seeking Hyde is a stunning debut, rich beyond measure in wit and wisdom, truth and tenderness. Every passage is a gem, every chapter a page-turner.

--Robert Olmstead, author of Savage Country

One part literary portrait, and one part thriller, Thomas Reed's debut novel deftly reconstructs the very origins of Robert Louis Stevenson's singular imagination, his memories and his dreams, his demons and his longings. You don't need to be a Stevenson aficionado to become totally absorbed by the encounters Reed creates between the famous author of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and a trio of intimate interlocutors: the sexologist, John Addington Symonds, the novelist, Henry James, and Stevenson's outspoken and stalwart soul-mate, wife, and nurse, the American-born, Fanny. Like the book by Stevenson that inspires it, Reed's novel dares to entertain 'the abysmal deeps of personality' and the 'ambiguities of life itself.'

--Mary Cappello, author of "Life Breaks In: A Mood Almanack"
Seeking Hyde is a riveting convergence of fact and fiction. Reed reveals a compelling and complex Robert Louis Stevenson--the writer he was, the man he wanted to be, and the detective he might have been.

--Susan Perabo, author of "The Fall of Lisa Bellow"

An author in his prime trying to write another classic, the liveliest of 1880s marriages, bar room brawls, sharp words, sleuthing among friends and to top it all off: Jack the Ripper. What Thomas Reed has gone and done with Robert Louis Stevenson--real and imagined--is a romping good read.

--Mary Murphy, New York Times Best-Selling author of "Scout Atticus & Boo: A celebration of "To Kill a Mockingbird" "