- Series: Dover Thrift Editions
- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; 60367th edition (January 1, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486266885
- ISBN-13: 978-0486266886
- Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.3 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,112 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Dover Thrift Editions) 60367th Edition
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The young Robert Louis Stevenson suffered from repeated nightmares of living a double life, in which by day he worked as a respectable doctor and by night he roamed the back alleys of old-town Edinburgh. In three days of furious writing, he produced a story about his dream existence. His wife found it too gruesome, so he promptly burned the manuscript. In another three days, he wrote it again. "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" was published as a "shilling shocker" in 1886, and became an instant classic. In the first six months 40,000 copies were sold. Queen Victoria read it. Sermons and editorials were written about it. When Stevenson and his family visited America a year later, they were mobbed by reporters at the dock in New York City. Compulsively readable from its opening pages, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is still one of the best tales ever written about the divided self. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Starred Review. Martin Jarvis delivers a gripping reading of Stevenson's classic. When Gabriel Utteron discovers that the sinister Mr. Hyde has moved into the home of his friend Dr. Jekyll and stands to benefit from his will, he becomes concerned and enlists the help of their mutual friend, Dr. Hastie Lanyon. Things go from bad to worse: Jekyll withdraws further from his social circle; Hyde's criminal sprees culminate in murder; and Utteron and Lanyon fight to save their friend and unravel the mystery of Hyde's origins and disappearance. Jarvis's pacing is excellent, his characterization spot on, and his renditions of Jekyll and Hyde perfect; he creates two distinct characters that illustrate the story's exploration into the duality of human nature. (Feb.)
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This "lucid visionary power" is brought to vivid life through the text and illustrations in this particular edition. Illustrator Edward A. Wilson produced a series of lithographs which are found in this edition. Some are in black and white while others are in translucent color, in a shade of purple which Wilson called "a raw cerise" and was only for those illustrations that depict Mr. Hyde.
The book itself is beautiful with gilt lettering on the spine featuring the title, and the boards are in an attractive red and black design. This Heritage Press edition makes a handsome addition to any collector's library, and makes me eager to revisit the tragic story of Dr. Jekyll and his evil alter ego, Mr. Hyde.
Some people may not like the language as written, but think of when it was written.
People interested in literature should read the classics just to improve their own reading skills. It never hurts to improve the mind.
Read this enjoyable book and take it all in. You may even learn something about yourself.