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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0486266886 ISBN-10: 0486266885

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  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (January 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486266885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486266886
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Martin Danahay's edition of Jekyll and Hyde is a treasure-trove of biographical, cultural, and historical materials. It makes a number of important contexts for interpretation available through its accessible but intriguing assemblage of ancillary documents. It cannot fail to be the inspiration for deeper investigations of a masterpiece that is itself at the crossroads of Victorian anxieties about sex, class, psychology, evolution, and the rise of popular culture." (John Kucich)

"The appendices to this edition offer the reader a splendid sense of the book’s cultural background. Especially interesting are the selections from nineteenth-century psychology. The discussions concerning the nature of dreaming and the concept of the 'double-brain' add an intriguing dimension to one’s understanding of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde." (Ann C. Colley, author of Robert Louis Stevenson and the Colonial Imagination)

"Danahay provides an authoritative text, an excellent introductory commentary, an up to date bibliography, and a well-chosen set of contextualizing appendices. For an in-depth understanding of Stevenson's masterpiece of horror this is the text of choice." (Patrick Brantlinger)

"Danahay's edition of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde places that text in a variety of important and enriching contexts, using selections from Stevenson's letters and other relevant works, as well as contemporary reviews and responses (including a Punch parody and an early adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde for the stage). The appendices also connect Stevenson's novel with Victorian thought about psychology, criminality, degeneracy, and urban life. Providing a splendid, brief immersion in late Victorian culture, this edition will be a boon to the classroom or to an individual's private enjoyment of this classic tale." (Gordon Hirsch)

"Martin Danahay's edition justifies our on-going admiration for this masterpiece of English literature. The appendices offer students and scholars alike interesting and important insights into the cultural context of the novel." (Patricia O'Neill)

"Martin Danahay's new edition of the Robert Louis Stevenson horror fantasy classic (first published in 1886) sets this seminal, influential work firmly in the context out of which it emerged. The many appendices include a range of contemporary reactions to the novel; a selection of Victorian views on criminality and degeneracy; descriptions of Soho and London's West End in the 1880s; and a portfolio of newspaper accounts of and reaction to the 'Jack the Ripper' murders. This scholarly edition of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is highly recommended for personal and academic library collections and literary studies reading lists." (Midwest Book Review) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

First published in 1886 as a "shilling shocker," Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde takes the basic struggle between good and evil and adds to the mix bourgeois respectability, urban violence, and class conflict. The result is a tale that has taken on the force of myth in the popular imagination. This Broadview edition provides a fascinating selection of contextual material, including contemporary reviews of the novel, Stevenson's essay "A Chapter on Dreams," and excerpts from the 1887 stage version of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Also included are historical documents on criminality and degeneracy, the "Jack the Ripper" murders, and London in the 1880s. New to this second edition are an updated critical introduction and, in the appendices, writings on Victorian psychology by Thomas Carlyle, Richard Krafft-Ebing, and Henry Maudsley, among others. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I would recommend this book to anyone that has at least a high school reading level.
Kesha
So if all you want is the novel save a lot of paper and money and buy this wonderful book in Dover Thrift Edition.
Margaret P Harvey
Even if you know more or less the story and its ending, reading this very short book is a powerful adventure.
Maximiliano F Yofre

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Maximiliano F Yofre on October 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894) was a remarkable author from the Victorian Era. He has left us at least two masterpieces: "The Treasure Island" (1883) and "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1886) and some other good novels such as "The Black Arrow" (1888).

It is amazing how writers and poets are able, thru intuition, to anticipate events or discoveries. When this book was first published, Sigmund Freud was studying with Charcot and not so many years later will produce his theoretic corpus of the human psyche. At some points the present story touches Freud's conceptualizations.

Dr. Jekyll suspect evil burdens every human soul, being an obstacle in its way to goodness. So he investigates and produces a drug that "liberates" the evil spirit and doing so he intend to be relived of it.
But Evil starts to grow each time more powerful and Mr. Hyde end cornering Dr. Jekyll into impotence and fear.

This story has captivated the public's imagination for more than a hundred years. Movies, comics and theater pieces had evolved from it. His tortured dual character is now a well known icon as Stoker's Dracula or Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
Even if you know more or less the story and its ending, reading this very short book is a powerful adventure.
A Classic you shouldn't let pass by unheeded!
Reviewed by Max Yofre.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A.J. on May 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
Robert Louis Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" is arguably the single most famous metaphor that Western literature has bestowed upon the public conscience, and certainly the most ubiquitous metaphor for duality of personality. But what of the artistic quality of the novella itself? The outer plot -- involving the detection of Henry Jekyll's double identity by his friend and lawyer Gabriel Utterson -- is the least interesting facet of the story; Stevenson's concept, inspired by a nightmare, and the vivid language he uses to convey it, are what impress the most upon the reader.
The respected London scientist Henry Jekyll seems normal enough, but he is fascinated by what he considers to be two distinct sides to his (or, he believes, anybody's) personality, which can be described crudely as good and evil. He furthermore believes these sides are physically separable, just as water can be separated into its constituent elements, hydrogen and oxygen, by electrolysis; and so he invents a potion that essentially splits his personality so that only one side will manifest itself while the other becomes latent. In this way, Jekyll reasons, the "good" side may be an agent of good works without being burdened by the disgrace of an inherent evil, and the "evil" side is free to do his damage without the pangs of remorse he would inherit from the conscience of his good twin. In Freudian terms, Jekyll is the ego, Hyde is the id, but unfortunately -- and this is the point that drives the story -- Jekyll has no superego to tell him that the potion is an irresponsibly bad idea in the first place.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
"The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" is assured a place in the history of horror fiction because it the literary classic that represents the archetype of the werewolf (the human with the hiding inside). Along with Mary Wollstonecraft's "Frankenstein" (the Thing Without a Name) and Bram Stoker's "Dracula" (the Vampire) Robert Louis Stevenson's novella is part of the gothic foundation of the modern horror story. All have in common the fact that they promise to tell a story that might best be left untold, which, of course, is exactly the sort of story we want to hear.
Given that Stevenson was writing when the genre of horror fiction was not recognized as such, it is surprising that "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" is cast in the form of a mystery novel. Stevenson invites his readers to try and get ahead of the story, to put the clues together and come to the conclusion. Today it is nearly impossible to pick up this story and not know the "secret," but if you think back to the late 19th-century when this story was written you can get a sense for how Stevenson used the biases and limitations of his readers to his advantage in keeping them from what we might consider to be an obvious conclusion.
More importantly, Stevenson is writing several decades before the writings of Sigmund Freud revolutionized the whole idea of human psychology. Yet we can certainly find evidence of the conscious and subconscious mind of which Freud would write. Stevenson reinforces this metaphor with the block of buildings that divides this particular part of London, with one side representing the civilized world of a respected physician and the other side the squalor of the world inhabited by an inhuman creature who gives in to his every earthly desire.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Valdivielso on December 11, 2003
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The 'Strange Case Of Dr. Jerkyll And Mr. Hyde' by Robert Louis Stevenson, the same author to bring us 'Treasure Island' and 'Kidnapped', seems to be a basic good vs. evil within the soul of man. Yet Dr. Jerkyll's problems dealing with the evil within turns out LESS than basic. In fact, while Jerkyll fights the evil it seems to grow, becoming stronger. Near the end Mr. Hyde is not only larger than before but seems to be able to appear at will. Yet this is not a DIFFERENT person, both men are the same, sharing the same desires.
Within each of us is a Hyde who wants to strike out, to crush those who hurt us or make fun of us. Why else would we love all those action flicks?
This is a timeless theme and something everybody has to deal with.
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