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This University of Nebraska Press edition is a small, exquisitely produced paperback. The book design, based on the original first edition of 1886, includes wide margins, decorative capitals on the title page and first page of each chapter, and a clean, readable font that is 19th-century in style. Joyce Carol Oates contributes a foreword in which she calls Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde a "mythopoetic figure" like Frankenstein, Dracula, and Alice in Wonderland, and compares Stevenson's creation to doubled selves in the works of Plato, Poe, Wilde, and Dickens.
This edition also features 12 full-page wood engravings by renowned illustrator Barry Moser. Moser is a skillful reader and interpreter as well as artist, and his afterword to the book, in which he explains the process by which he chose a self-portrait motif for the suite of engravings, is fascinating. For the image of Edward Hyde, he writes, "I went so far as to have my dentist fit me out with a carefully sculpted prosthetic of evil-looking teeth. But in the final moments I had to abandon the idea as being inappropriate. It was more important to stay in keeping with the text and, like Stevenson, not show Hyde's face." (Also recommended: the edition of Frankenstein illustrated by Barry Moser) --Fiona Webster --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Stevenson's writing is very readable; and the mystery and gloominess pervading the story is distinct.
The story is told mainly from the point of view of Mr. Utterson, the lawyer of Dr. Jekyll, who is trying to find out who Mr. Hyde is.
Even if you know more or less the story and its ending, reading this very short book is a powerful adventure.
As I preface every book review I'm not a book reviewer by any stretch. I'm barely literate, so I'll give you layman's view. Read morePublished 2 days ago by BWolfeJR
I read this classic novel as a 5th grader as part of an assignment about classic authors. I loved the book. But that was a while back. Read morePublished 3 days ago by HonestGuy3017
The writing in this book is verrrrry small. So if you are over 45 you will have trouble reading it. Lucky for me that it was required reading for my 17 year old, and that I didn't... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Auntie TD
I read this as a kid and I still enjoy it even now. I should tell you that the story will not be that thrilling for modern folks since we have become desensitized due to TV and... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Frances Terry
What a beautiful book! I love the cover and the placeholder inside. If you want the classic story of Jekyll and Hyde for your shelves, this is the edition to buy!Published 25 days ago by Christina Schrier
I was pleased with this purchase. I would recommend the purchase of any books from Amazon or its vendors. I would purchase again if the need arises.Published 26 days ago by jojo