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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: And Other Tales of Terror

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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.
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Publisher Comments:

Stevenson's famous exploration of humanity's basest capacity for evil, "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," has become synonymous with the idea of a split personality. More than a morality tale, this dark psychological fantasy is also a product of its time, drawing on contemporary theories of class, evolution, criminality, and secret lives. Also in this volume are "The Body Snatcher," which charts the murky underside of Victorian medical practice, and "Olalla," a tale of vampirism and "the beast within," with a beautiful woman at its center.

Synopsis:

Published as a "shilling shocker", this dark psychological thriller gave birth to the idea of a split personality. The story is a chilling exploration of humanity's basest capability for evil. The other stories in this volume also testify to Stevenson's inventiveness with the gothic genre.

Synopsis:

Stevenson's famous exploration of humanity's basest capacity for evil, "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," has become synonymous with the idea of a split personality. More than a morality tale, this dark psychological fantasy is also a product of its time, drawing on contemporary theories of class, evolution, criminality, and secret lives. Also in this volume are "The Body Snatcher," which charts the murky underside of Victorian medical practice, and "Olalla," a tale of vampirism and "the beast within," with a beautiful woman at its center.

 

Synopsis:

"The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" Stevenson's famous exploration of humanity's basest capacity for evil, has become synonymous with the idea of a split personality. More than a moral tale, this dark psychological fantasy is also a product of its time, drawing on contemporary theories of class, evolution, criminality, and secret lives. Also in this volume are "The Body Snatcher," which charts the murky underside of Victorian medical practice, and "Olalla," a tale of vampirism and "The Beast Within" which features a beautiful woman at its center.

This new edition features a critical introduction, chronology, suggestions for further reading, explanatory notes, and appendixes, including an abridged extract from "A Chapter on Dreams" and an essay on the scientific context of Jekyll and Hyde.

About the Author

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) wrote many works of fiction, including Kidnapped, Treasure Island, and The Master of Ballantrae, as well as poetry and travel narratives. Robert Mighall edited the Penguin Classics edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray and is the author of A Geography of Victorian Gothic Fiction.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780141439730
Editor:
Mighall, Robert
Introduction:
Mighall, Robert
Introduction by:
Mighall, Robert
Introduction:
Mighall, Robert
Editor:
Mighall, Robert
Author:
Stevenson, Robert Louis
Author:
Mighall, Robert
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Good and evil
Subject:
Horror tales
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20030931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.78x5.05x.55 in. .40 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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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.

"Synopsis" by , Published as a "shilling shocker", this dark psychological thriller gave birth to the idea of a split personality. The story is a chilling exploration of humanity's basest capability for evil. The other stories in this volume also testify to Stevenson's inventiveness with the gothic genre.
"Synopsis" by ,
Stevenson's famous exploration of humanity's basest capacity for evil, "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," has become synonymous with the idea of a split personality. More than a morality tale, this dark psychological fantasy is also a product of its time, drawing on contemporary theories of class, evolution, criminality, and secret lives. Also in this volume are "The Body Snatcher," which charts the murky underside of Victorian medical practice, and "Olalla," a tale of vampirism and "the beast within," with a beautiful woman at its center.

 

"Synopsis" by , "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" Stevenson's famous exploration of humanity's basest capacity for evil, has become synonymous with the idea of a split personality. More than a moral tale, this dark psychological fantasy is also a product of its time, drawing on contemporary theories of class, evolution, criminality, and secret lives. Also in this volume are "The Body Snatcher," which charts the murky underside of Victorian medical practice, and "Olalla," a tale of vampirism and "The Beast Within" which features a beautiful woman at its center.

This new edition features a critical introduction, chronology, suggestions for further reading, explanatory notes, and appendixes, including an abridged extract from "A Chapter on Dreams" and an essay on the scientific context of Jekyll and Hyde.

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