Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde And Other Stories: Vintage Magic by Robert Louis StevensonDr Jekyll And Mr Hyde And Other Stories: Vintage Magic by Robert Louis Stevenson

Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde And Other Stories: Vintage Magic

byRobert Louis Stevenson

Mass Market Paperback | November 3, 2014

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Fall 2014 sees the publication of the Vintage Magic collection -- mesmerizing novels that explore all aspects of the supernatural and the fantastical.
     Dr Jekyll has been experimenting with his identity. He has developed a drug which separates the two sides of his nature and allows him occasionally to abandon himself to his most corrupt inclinations as the monstrous Mr Hyde. But gradually he begins to find that the journey back to goodness becomes more and more difficult, and the risk that Mr Hyde will break free entirely from Dr Jekyll's control puts all of London in grave peril.
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON was born in Edinburgh in 1850. Chronically ill with bronchitis and possibly tuberculosis, Stevenson withdrew from Engineering at Edinburgh University in favour of Studying Law. Although he passed the bar and became an advocate in 1875, he knew that his true work was as a writer. Between 1876 and his death in 1894...
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Title:Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde And Other Stories: Vintage MagicFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7 × 4.37 × 0.65 inPublished:November 3, 2014Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0099593874

ISBN - 13:9780099593874

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast-paced and disturbing In his dark 1886 classic novella, Robert Louis Stevenson explores the idea of a dual nature of the human soul, the debilitatingly high expectations of behaviour that society places on those who are prominent members of the community, and the eternal conflict between good and evil. The protagonist, Dr. Jekyll, is an amiable, generous physician, who has dedicated his life to alleviating the suffering of others and is beloved by all who know him. He considers himself inherently 90% “good” and 10% “evil”, so that his favourable qualities consistently overpower his occasional indiscretions. However, having grown up in a wealthy and well-respected family, and now a renowned member of an esteemed profession, Dr. Jekyll has been conditioned to feel immense shame for his faults. An intelligent and inquisitive man, Jekyll wonders if he could free himself from this debilitating shame if he could only somehow separate the evil from his otherwise virtuous personality. After many hours spent toiling away in his home laboratory, he finally succeeds in concocting a potion that does just that, splitting his personality into the savage, diabolical, grotesque Mr. Hyde and his normal attractive, good-natured self. At last, with just a sip of his potion, he is capable of instantaneously transforming himself into his purely evil alter-ego—who delights in spending nights purging himself of all manner of immoral and scandalous desires without experiencing even a modicum of guilt—and then back again when he is ready to go home and assume his regular responsibilities. All goes as planned for a while, until Mr. Hyde begins to come to the attention of the local police for perpetrating such horrific crimes as crushing a small child and brutally murdering an elderly man; Dr. Jekyll realizes that he will not be able to get away with his duplicity for much longer. However, just as he resolves to stop tampering with his personality and spend the rest of his days as the morally upstanding, if slightly boring and frustrated, Dr. Jekyll, the potion apparently starts to lose its effectiveness—no matter how many times he drinks it in order to return to his regular appearance, his body then promptly turns back into the evil Mr. Hyde. Evidently, the immense amount of time that Jekyll has spent committing atrocities in Hyde’s body has flipped his soul’s character from mostly “good” to mostly “evil”, and as he begins to run low on supplies of the ingredients necessary to make more of his potion, Jekyll realizes he is soon going to be permanently trapped in the mind and body of his evil alter-ego. A fast-paced and disturbing story, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” seems to be cautioning readers on the consequences inevitably suffered by those who dare to play God by meddling with human nature for personal gain—a disquietingly relevant topic now, 131 years later, as we enter the age of human genome editing.
Date published: 2018-01-02

Editorial Reviews

• "Stevenson's short stories are certain to retain their position in English literature. His serious rivals are few indeed." --Arthur Conan Doyle