Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and Other Tales

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and Other Tales

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Robert Louis Stevenson's short novel, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, first published in 1886, became an instant classic, a Gothic horror originating in a feverish nightmare whose hallucinatory setting in the back streets of London gripped a nation mesmerized by crime and violence. Its revelatory ending is one of the most original and thrilling in English Literature. This new edition of Stevenson's most famous work includes three additional short stories, two short essays, and extracts from contemporary writing on psychological disorders. The introduction considers the reasons for the books popularity, "the double," and psychoanalytic interpretations, as well as crime, sex, class, and urbanism in the 1880s. Appendixes provide contextual historical material by Henry Maudsley, Frederic Myers, and W.T. Stead. This edition also provides an up-to-date bibliography and full notes, including details of the initial responses of Stevenson's contemporaries, such as John Addington Symonds, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Rider Haggard.
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780199536221
0199536228
Branch Call Number: FICTION STEVE...R
Characteristics: xli, 205 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Luckhurst, Roger

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 07, 2017

This book is one of the very recommended books that people of all ages should read. It's one of the best classics from all times and one that deserves to be taught in schools. It gives the readers lessons about good and evil, and how the desire to enjoy life with no rules is dangerous. The end has been spoiled to me, because I didn't get the chance to enjoy the mystery part, but this didn't make the book any less good because it is actually VERY VERY GOOD. I'm not exaggerating but I really liked it, maybe more than I should, especially because it's written by Robert Louis Stevenson.
- @rahmamawlood of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Tabaqui
Aug 24, 2017

For its level of fame, this book is short. Just because it's a quick read, however, doesn't mean it's shallow. No, indeed! I had never fully read Jekyll and Hyde, so the story was somewhat new to me. I found it to be the most interesting when the main character read the letter left behind by Jekyll, and we discovered what had been happening. An unsettling look at the duality of human nature, and what happens if we allow evil to take control.

ever known someone with a split-personality? think carefully, some of them are skilled at hiding their condition. this novel is like unto the inside story of one(two). think jack the ripper. the story is it came from a nightmare rls was awakened from, and then he hastened to write down what he could remember. unlike Coleridge, with his kubla khan, rls was able to finish the beginning of a great work of art. the movies have been horrible (spencer tracy was in one of them, Barrymore in another). go to the original source for genuine horror that teaches about human nature. "I must have stared upon it for nearly half a minute, sunk as I was in the mere stupidity of wonder, before terror woke up in my breast as startling as the crash of cymbals, and bounding from my bed, I rushed to the mirror. at the sight that met my eyes, my blood was changed into something exquisitely thin and icy. yes, I had gone to bed henry Jekyll, I had awakened Edward Hyde. how was this to be explained? I asked myself, and then, with another bound of terror--how was it to be remedied?" "whereas, in the beginning, the difficulty had been to throw off the body of Jekyll, it had of late gradually but decidedly transferred itself to the other side. all things therefore seemed to point to this: that I was slowly losing hold of my original and better self, and becoming slowly incorporated with my second and worse."

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Feb 18, 2017

Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland - Robert Louis Stevenson (born November 13, 1850) was a gifted novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks as the 26th most translated author in the world.

First published in 1886 - The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Jekyll tells a dark tale of a London lawyer named Gabriel John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old, kindly friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, and the decidedly evil Edward Hyde.

This influential novella's impact is such that it has become a part of the language, with the very phrase "Jekyll and Hyde" coming to mean a person who is vastly different in moral character from one situation to the next.

(*Note*) - On December 3, 1894 - Robert Louis Stevenson (44 at the time) died suddenly from a cerebral hemorrhage.

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Posey_MayLove
Jan 04, 2017

My friend Loves this book so I wanted to read it. Knowing it's a classic even made me want to read it more. I decided to use an audio. Following along I loved how it was written and the story it self. It's a nice little read of only taking 2 hours depending on how fast you read and have time to listen. I do have to say though this is a very interesting tale of mystery.

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hayasash
Aug 02, 2016

Did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. The concept is fantastic, and something I would like to explore myself (as in write about not create a potion). Can't wait to read Stevenson's other short stories. As classics go, the descriptions are a little tedious but as classics go, I feel that they are well placed and required.

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Aisling_1
Jul 05, 2016

I haven't read too many stories that have given me goosebumps. Even knowing the story going in did not stop me from sitting on the edge of my seat. Stevenson spun a wonderful tale.

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weirdduck88
Apr 30, 2016

While it's difficult to read this when you know the twist, how the story is told -- not through Jekyll but an observer character -- keeps the story engaging with a sense of foreboding.

AbigailCurious May 03, 2015

This is a classic that its genius is lost in today's society. It's story was innovative in a time of world lacking in psychological thrillers and knowledge. Today its a very bland book with nothing to offer.

SpringAltman Jun 21, 2014

Dr Jekyll's experiment to create an alter ego- get out of his control as Mr Hyde commits a murder

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