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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 alternate kindle_edition edition.
- Print length : 81 pages
- Publication date : July 20, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- File size : 1850 KB
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B08DDK8J4T
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #874,898 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Still, I enjoyed the surmounting evidence piling up for the real story and especially found it funny that Mr. Utterson had in his possession a letter that would explain things (even a little) very early on from Lanyon.
I expected the book to be told from Dr. Jekyll's point of view but I really liked that it focused on a concerned friend trying to understand what was going on with a mysterious will.
The narrative style is what detracts me considerably of the reading. Stevenson has a powerful imagination but his style feels dull and, for moments, close to perfection but without reaching it. For example this part: "By ten o'clock, when the shops were closed, the by-street was very solitary and, in spite of the low growl of London from all round, very silent,(...)" In this part we are immerse in the search of a fantastic creature, Stevenson seems to forget that the city is a fantastic creature too, made by men. Some pages afterwards he will acknowledge that the city seems the setting of a nightmare... but he says it, without expressing it.
I always remember a novel by Ernesto Sabato... there is a man that meets blind creatures living underground. He, without knowing if it is day or night, is about to emerge at last from that very strange place that is a prison for him. But before he sees at the distance the city he recognizes it by ear: he mentions the never-ending growl of Buenos Aires, the city. And you feel it as a machine complicated and terrible as the monsters he is leaving underneath. Is the feeling I almost feel in this novel of Stevenson but, alas, it is not as intense as it could have been.
About the AmazonClassics edition as always neat typography, not errors that I could detect, and just the minimum of data in X-Ray to check characters in the novel but not nosy introductions or prologues by intellectuals to stop the reader. So all in all very well.
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I should think that even if you have never read this before you will know the basic story as it has become so well known, but imagine the first readers of this, starting what would seem a mystery tale, and then by the end exploding into something much more intriguing and frightening. A celebrity in his lifetime and admired by many great writers of his age, including the likes of Henry James, so after his death his status started to wane, especially as authors such as Virginia Woolf denigrated his work, but even so some of his books always remained popular, this being one of them.
As we read this, we do not really find out much about Dr Jekyll and his apparent friend, the odious Mr Hyde, who as we read on is wanted for murder. An odious man, it is only in the closing part of this novella that we actually read of his connection with Dr Jekyll as the full truth emerges for his friend and lawyer, Utterson. Thus we have a tale that has intrigued many and also been quite influential. The dual nature of the characters of the title can open up to all sorts of interpretations, even including Scottish Nationalism, but usually people concern themselves with the psychological aspect here, of someone fighting their baser traits, and including mental illness. At the time laudanum was in popular usage and this can also thus be seen as a tale of drug addiction and its consequences.
Always a joy to read this is one of those tales, despite being a novella and thus short, that you always remember. I cannot remember how old I was when I first read this, but it has always remained something to come back to time and again, and if you have never read this before then you really are in for a treat. Rather like Henry James’s ‘The Turn of the Screw’, this is a story that just holds you spellbound and makes you really appreciate the sheer artistry and inventiveness of some authors.
The main reason I wanted to do this review was to let you know just how nice this book is physically.
The format is a Flexibound Edition by Barnes & Noble. It's basically a faux leather-bound cover. Obviously not real leather, it is a soft feel plastic or rubber which is marginally flexible in the hand.
The first and last pages are backed in the old-world style using frantically patterned end papers.
The page edges are colour sprayed to complement the cover.
There is also a page marking ribbon.
Even the relatively thick paper stock has slightly off white colouring and lends itself to the feel of an old original collectable.
In short, for the incredibly low retail price of this book you get an absolutely stunning edition, which looks fantastic on the shelf in a collected set and feels great in the hand as you read. Barnes and Noble do a nice collection in this format. Just search for (Barnes Noble Flexibound editions) on Amazon.
A success on both sides of the Atlantic it is quite easy to see why as this is gothic, it is horror, for the first readers a mystery incorporating sensationalist themes, and also a morality tale as well as being allegorical. Its influence on popular culture cannot be overlooked as this story has been used and adapted into numerous other stories and ideas. What for Stevenson was an interest initially in personalities and then inspiration coming from what we now call dissociative identity disorder, which most of us know by its pervious label of multiple personality disorder, led to this fantastic novella being written.
As we see here Jekyll loves the freedom that Hyde gives him to a certain extent and I suspect that this is one reason why this has always remained a popular tale, after all we all lose our temper at times and we all have dark thoughts, and the idea of Hyde gives our imaginations a chance to run free on things that we could do if we didn’t follow our moral constraints.