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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics) [Paperback]

By Robert Louis Stevenson & Amanda Claybaugh (Introduction by)
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Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.25" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.58 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 25, 2004
Publisher   Barnes & Noble Classics
ISBN  1593081316  
EAN  9781593081317  


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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classicsseries, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:
New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences---biographical, historical, and literary---to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.
Idealistic young scientist Henry Jekyll struggles to unlock the secrets of the soul. Testing chemicals in his lab, he drinks a mixture he hopes will isolate---and eliminate---human evil. Instead it unleashes the dark forces within him, transforming him into the hideous and murderous Mr. Hyde.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde dramatically brings to life a science-fiction case study of the nature of good and evil and the duality that can exist within one person. Resonant with psychological perception and ethical insight, the book has literary roots in Dostoevsky's "The Double" and Crime and Punishment. Today Stevenson's novella is recognized as an incisive study of Victorian morality and sexual repression, as well as a great thriller.

This collection also includes some of the author's grimmest short fiction: "Lodging for the Night," "The Suicide Club," "Thrawn Janet," "The Body Snatcher," and "Markheim."


Jenny Davidson is Assistant Professor of eighteenth-century literature and culture in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her novel Heredity appeared from Soft Skull Press in 2003.



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Robert Louis Stevenson Born on November 13, 1850, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Robert Louis Stevenson traveled often, and his global wanderings lent themselves well to his brand of fiction. Stevenson developed a desire to write early in life, having no interest in the family business of lighthouse engineering. He was often abroad, usually for health reasons, and his journeys led to some of his early literary works.

Publishing his first volume at the age of 28, Stevenson became a literary celebrity during his life when works such as Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde were released to eager audiences. He died in Samoa in 1894.

In 1878, Robert Louis Stevenson saw the publication of his first volume of work, An Inland Voyage; the book provides an account of his trip from Antwerp to northern France, which he made in a canoe via the river Oisé. A companion work, Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes (1879), continues in the introspective vein of Inland Voyage and also focuses on the voice and character of the narrator, beyond simply telling a tale.

Also from this period are the humorous essays of Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers (1881), which were originally published from 1876 to '79 in various magazines, and Stevenson's first book of short fiction, New Arabian Nights (1882). The stories marked the United Kingdom's emergence into the realm of the short story, which had previously been dominated by Russians, Americans and the French. These stories also marked the beginning of Stevenson's adventure fiction, which would come to be his calling card.

The 1880s were notable for both Stevenson's declining health (which had never been good) and his prodigious literary output. He suffered from hemorrhaging lungs (likely caused by undiagnosed tuberculosis), and writing was one of the few activities he could do while confined to bed. While in this bedridden state, he wrote some of his most popular fiction, most notably Treasure Island (1883), Kidnapped (1886), Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886), and The Black Arrow (1888).

The idea for Treasure Island was ignited by a map that Stevenson had drawn for his 12-year-old stepson; Stevenson had conjured a pirate adventure story to accompany the drawing, and it was serialized in the boys' magazine Young Folks from October 1881 to January 1882. When Treasure Island was published in book form in 1883, Stevenson got his first real taste of widespread popularity, and his career as a profitable writer had finally begun. The book was Stevenson's first volume-length fictional work, as well as the first of his writings that would be dubbed "for children." By the end of the 1880s, it was one of the period's most popular and widely read books.

Robert Louis Stevenson lived in Edinburgh Edinburgh. Robert Louis Stevenson was born in 1850 and died in 1894.

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A nice collection of RLS work  Jun 24, 2006
This book is a nice collection of Robert Louis Stevenson stories. Included is the main attraction, "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," and the following short stories:

A Lodging for the Night
The Suicide Club
Thrawn Janet
The Body-Snatcher
Markeim

Obviously Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the selling point of this book. Stevenson crafts a wonderful tale of mystery surrounding a few characters in England. I truly wish that I never knew anything about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde prior to actually reading the book because I think that Stevenson did a spectacular job of keeping the mystery alive. Unfortunately, I already knew the relationship of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

The other stories included are nice little additions to this book. I personally did not enjoy them that much; but, it is still nice to get a little bit more with this collection that just getting Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I found "Thrawn Janet" particularly interesting, almost thrilling. It is written in the old English dialect which made for more difficult reading, but a more cultural experience.

Also included in this edition is a nice timeline and of RLS's life and accomplishments. I found the introduction to be particularly intersting because it talks about the culture and the reactions to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, both the book and the play.

Overall, this is a nice book with a lot of extra information about RLS and his works. However, the short stories, in my opinion, are not worth buying this book only for the short stories. It is worth the entire collection though, with all the resources therein.
 

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