The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales of Terror
by Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Mighall
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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His innovative thriller, as shocking as it was at the time it was first published, the Penguin Classics, edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales of Terror is published with an introduction by Robert Mighall.Published as a “shilling shock”, Robert Louis Stevenson’s dark psychological fantasy dark Robert Louis Stevenson gave rise to the idea of the duplication of personalityThe story of respectable Dr. Jekyll’s strange history of association with Edward Hyde’s damnable young man, hunting through the fog tied to London for a killer; and the ultimate revelation of Hyde’s true identity is a coup d’ exploration of humanity’s basest ability for evil.Other stories in this volume also testify to Stevenson’s inventiveness in the Gothic tradition:’ Olalla’, a vampirism tale and tainted with blood, and’ The Body Snatcher’, a horrible fictionalization of the exploits of the famous Burke and Hare.This edition contains a critical introduction by Robert Mighall, which deals with class, crime and the meaning of London’s history of regulation.It also includes an essay on the scientific contexts of the novel and the development of the idea of Jekyll’s and Hyde’s personalities.Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) was born in Edinburgh, the son of a prosperous civil engineer.Although he began his career as an essayist and travel writer, the success of Treasure Island (1883) and Enlevé (1886) established his reputation as a writer of action and adventure stories.Stevenson’s Calvinist education lent him a preoccupation with predestination and fascination with the presence of evil, themes he explored in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and MHyde (1886), and The Ballantrae Master (1893)If you liked The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and MHyde, you could, like The Private, Memories and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, by James Hogg, also available in Penguin Classics.As claustrophobic, scary and terrifying as when he saw the light of day, more than a century ago.
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