The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde: And Other Tales Of Terror by Robert Louis StevensonThe Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde: And Other Tales Of Terror by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

byRobert Louis StevensonIntroduction byRobert MighallNotes byRobert Mighall

Paperback | September 30, 2003

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Stevenson's famous exploration of humanity's basest capacity for evil

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde have 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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94) is the author of many works of fiction including Kidnapped, Treasure Island, The Weir of Hermiston, and poetry. Robert Mighall has edited The Picture of Dorian Gray for Penguin Classics and is the author of A Geography of Victorian Gothic Fiction (1999).
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Title:The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde: And Other Tales Of TerrorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.8 × 5 × 0.6 inPublished:September 30, 2003Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly fun Quick and fun to read. Thought it would be boring and antiquated but was a good book. Also used this book to write an essay, lots to talk about.
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy but interesing Had to read this for school, and glad I did. A classic for a reason: that it makes us think about what makes someone human -- or even what makes them good or bad. It's a great book to start a discussion about. Also a short read, and with easy language.
Date published: 2018-02-04
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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from creepy this book gave me the creeps when I read is as a teenager. now an adult and I find it even creepier. a great read
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great tales Great book, so well written. Loved all the short stories. Great way to experience Victorian literature while reading some spooky stories.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well-written This is, without a doubt, the most beautifully worded book I have read in a long time. The English language is truly a spectacular thing.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good Stories Jekyll and Hyde are two very well-known names, even to people who've never read the book. This edition has a great selection of Victorian gothic novellas. Not only is Jekyll and Hyde a fantastic, creepy, and interesting story about the horrors mankind is capable of, but the other short stories that are included are great as well, like The Body Snatcher. If you like Victorian literature or creepy stories (or both!) this is definitely something you would want on your bookshelf.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this I always wanted to read this novel, because I am so fascinated with Victorian Literature and creepy novel and this one is great. Would defiantly read it again
Date published: 2016-11-28