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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: And Other Tales of Terror (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]

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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.38 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2003
Publisher   Penguin Group USA
Age  18
ISBN  0141439734  
EAN  9780141439730  

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Features the story of the London doctor who loses control of the evil side of his dual personality.

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Stevenson's famous exploration of humanity's basest capacity for evil, "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," has become synonymous with the idea of a split personality. More than a morality tale, this dark psychological fantasy is also a product of its time, drawing on contemporary theories of class, evolution, criminality, and secret lives. Also in this volume are "The Body Snatcher," which charts the murky underside of Victorian medical practice, and "Olalla," a tale of vampirism and "the beast within," with a beautiful woman at its center.

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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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  14. Oxford Children's Classics
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  16. Penguin Classics
  17. Puffin Classics
  18. Scribner Storybook Classic
  19. Scribner Storybook Classics
  20. Signet Classics
  21. Sterling Classics
  22. Tantor Unabridged Classics
  23. Treasure Island (Sterling)
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Three excellent stories  Oct 4, 2009
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94) was a Scottish novelist and poet who is best remembered for his adventurous fiction - including Treasure Island (perhaps the greatest pirate story ever written), and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (one of the greatest horror stories every written). This book combines three his more haunting tales. They are:

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - This story is actually something of a mystery. A lawyer named Gabriel John Utterson becomes aware of the existence of a man who seems to radiate evil, a man called Mr. Edward Hyde. But, to Utterson's consternation, it appears that Hyde is tied up with his good friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll. There seems to be no end to the evil of Mr. Hyde, for even when he dies, it appears that Hyde has one last, and terrible secret to reveal.

The Body Snatcher - Every night, a group of acquaintances visit for a drink at the George at Debenham. But, when one of them, an old Scotsman by the name of Fettes, hears that Doctor Wolfe Macfarlane is in town, he seems to lose all control. It seems that years before, Fettes and Macfarlane were partners in the crime of bodysnatching, but it got much worse than that!

Olalla - When a man goes to Spain for his health, he little realizes that he might just be putting his health in great peril. The Spanish family that he boards with has grown corrupt over the years, culminating in an unspeakable evil.

These really are excellent stories, and it is easy to see why the author has been as influential on later writers as he has been. So, if you want to read three stories written by a master of the craft, then get this book. You will not be disappointed!
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is the classic horror tale of a divided and tragic soul which won fame for Robert Louis Stevenson  Aug 31, 2009
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde appeared in 1886 as a shocker. It's author is Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94) the TB suffering Scotsman who died in the South Seas in a futile quest for health. Stevenson is also known for such classics as "Treasure Island"; "A Child's Garden of Verses"; "Kidnapped" and "The Master of Ballantrae". He wrote several excellent short stories. Two of them are included in this classy Penguin edition "Olalla" a tale of doomed loved in Spain and "The Body Snatchers" concerning criminals who stole bodies from the grave selling them to medical schools during the nineteenth century.
Dr. Henry Jekyll is a middled aged London doctor. His story is told by two first person narrators: a lawyer and a doctor who are long time friends of Jekyll. The reader is also privy to the confessional diary penned by Jekyll prior to his horrible end.
Dr Jekyll experiments with chemicals transforming himself into the ape-like Edward Hyde (get it-he hides!). Hyde commits an atrocious murder. It is because of this and the torment in his soul that Jekyll commits suicide which , of course, also does away with Hyde.( the two are really one tormented man.).
This short novella appeared at the same time Jack the Ripper was atrociously murdering prostitutes in London. An affinity was made between Hyde and the Ripper by the British reading public.
The story became a best seller for Stevenson and the expression "A Jekyll and Hyde personality" has become a common metaphor in life for someone with a personality disorder. It was also written during the time period in fin de siecle Vienna when Freud was championing his ideas concerning the ego, superego and id fighting for supremacy in the human personality.
The Penguin edition includes an excerpt of Stevenson's article concerning the importance of dreams in the life of the creative artist. This article is well written and applies to RLS's creation of Jekyll and Hyde.
As with all Penguin Classics this one contains excellent notes and a good introduction by a scholar of horror fiction. Along with Mary Shelly's "Frankenstein" and Bram Stoker's "Dracula" Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde resides on the the booshelf reserved for the greatest horror fictions ever published.
Interesting  Jul 3, 2009
I didn't like Dr. J/Mr. H as much as my husband did. But I still thought it was a good story. And it was nice to know the real story instead of how it's been portrayed in Hollywood.

The other stories in this book were weird and I only finished two of them. I started a couple others but couldn't find enough will power to plunge through to the end.
Amazing stories by Stevenson including rare imperialist tales  Mar 29, 2008
This book includes three of Robert Louis Stevenson's best novellas. Most people are familiar with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but without revealing too much I'll just say that Jekyll conducts experiments on personality. Hyde shows up as a friend of the doctor, but he offends anyone in his presence with his nasty personality. It's a thoughtful perspective on what people may be hiding from their social personalities and worth reading even if you're familiar with the story.

The Beach of Falesa is the best of this collection. In this little known tale, a British trader gets stationed on a small island in the South Pacific, but he immediately has trouble establishing his trade with the natives even though any foreigner, be he white, black, or Asian, holds higher social status than the natives. Such relations between races on an isolated island were normal during imperialism but are still surprising now. For example, the main character has free choice of any native girl to be his wife. Stevenson honestly portrays imperialism's influence on the island while also exploring the beliefs of the natives and how they can be easily manipulated. This was a great page-turner, one of those rare ones that left me thinking about it months later.

The Ebb Tide, the last and longest story in this collection, recounts the tale of three white men on an island in the Pacific, all stuck there because they're committed crimes or ruined their reputations in their home countries. With all three broke, they come upon a discovery that will allow them to leave the island and make some money in the process. However, as the darker side of these criminals come out at sea, events take a dark turn. This is another tale that analyzes race relations in the South Pacific during imperialism, but focuses more on the abusive personalities of white criminals who end up stuck there. Still, it has it's merits like Stevenson's good characterizations and is worth reading.

All in all, this is an outstanding threesome of Stevenson's best short novels. Although the story of Jekyll and Hyde is easily found, The Beach of Falesa and The Ebb Tide are extrememly difficult to find, making this in invaluable collection. I was thrilled to come across some of Stevenson's rarer stories in this collection and highly recommend checking it out.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: The Dual Nature of Man.  Oct 11, 2006
_The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales of Terror_, in the Penguin Classics series, consists of three tales by Robert Louis Stevenson, an essay by Stevenson, as well as an introduction and "diagnosis of Dr. Jekyll" by the editor Robert Mighall. Stevenson (1850-1894) was a Scottish writer in the Victorian period who grew up to a strict Presbyterian upbringing which would lead him to become obsessed with sin, the nature of evil, and death throughout much of his life. Originally Stevenson wrote adventure tales and stories of pirates (_Treasure Island_ for example); however, he was to turn his writing talents to tales of horror and the supernatural, particularly with the stories seen here. Stevenson wrote these stories to be read during the Christmas season (one traditionally associated with the supernatural and tales of dread). While Stevenson was much influenced by his own strict upbringing, he also was influenced by the various evolutionary theories of criminology then popular in the Victorian period. In particular, the eugenic theories of Francis Galton and the criminological theories of Caesare Lombroso (who claimed to have found the source of the "atavistic criminal type") were then popular. Stevenson also may have been interested in sexual pathology (a taboo topic during the Victorian era). In particular, many of his stories hint at homosexuality or possibly sexual sadism (and the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was to influence the writing of Oscar Wilde who was convicted of sodomy in his time). Stevenson's stories reveal the dark side of man and the hypocrisy of the "respectable" during the Victorian period.

This book contains the following tales (and essay):

_Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde_ (1886) - This is the classic tale of a double consciousness. The respectable Dr. Jekyll, an upright citizen of a higher status, begins to develop a secret nature (to become a "secret sinner") which eventually leads him to construct the personality of a Mr. Edward Hyde as an alter. Mr. Hyde is a repulsive figure to behold, uniformly despised by those who see him, short in stature, possibly deformed, and bearing some resemblance to the simian. Mr. Hyde is also the classic atavistic criminal type, believed to be lower on the evolutionary ladder than the righteous Dr. Jekyll. Dr. Jekyll concocts a potion which he intakes and becomes the sinister Mr. Hyde. Thus, begins a classic conflict between the good and evil natures within man. While Dr. Jekyll leads an upright life, his alter Mr. Hyde engages in brutal activities, nearly plows over a child on the street, and eventually murders a man. The story unfolds as Dr. Jekyll's lawyer and friend tries to understand why Dr. Jekyll should choose such a repulsive individual as Hyde as his benefactor to his will and the ensuing transformation in Jekyll. Eventually the transformation begins to occur in Jekyll without the use of the potion, so Jekyll vows to stop taking it. However, he returns to the potion again eventually (perhaps hinting at the horrors of alcoholism or other addiction) and becomes Mr. Hyde again. Eventually the personality of Mr. Hyde is to overcome completely Dr. Jekyll (as his potion runs out). Thus is revealed the dual nature of man.

"The Body Snatcher" (1884) - This tale involves the procurement of bodies to be dissected by medical students. At the time, the bodies used by medical students were in short supply. These bodies are supplied to a Dr. K__ (perhaps, Robert Knox, a real life physician who was implicated in a similar scandal); however, it soon becomes apparent that they have been murdered. The story ends with a bizarre twist. This story was a precursor to _Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde_, and it features many of the same surroundings.

"Olalla" (1885) - This is a classic Gothic tale featuring a voyage by a man suffering from tuberculosis (which Stevenson himself was to suffer from) to Catholic Spain. There he stays with an ancient family which is under a horrifying curse - degeneracy of the blood. Stevenson based this story on many of the evolutionary beliefs popular at the time, including the hereditary nature of madness and "bad blood". The family described in this story, though of noble birth, has a history of this "taint of the blood" brought about by too much inbreeding. The story involves vampirism (the longing for blood, which perhaps influenced the later writings of Bram Stoker, whose Dracula was also an atavistic criminal type of a tainted heritage) and the narrator falls in love with Olalla, a daughter of the family.

"A Chapter on Dreams" (Abridged) (1888) - This is an essay written by Stevenson in which he discusses his dreams (the role of the "Brownies" (elfin creatures) in their creation) and the source of his inspiration for _Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde_.

The final section of this book is an essay by the editor Robert Mighall, entitled "Diagnosing Jekyll: The Scientific Context of Dr Jekyll's Experiment and Mr Hyde's Embodiment". This essay discusses the role of double-consciousness (the possibility of multiple personality), moral insanity, criminal responsibility, and sexual perversion in the character of Dr. Jekyll. It is most interesting for its remarks on the evolutionary theories of criminology popular at the time and the possible sexual perversion of Dr. Jekyll. This essay also discusses the case of "Jack the Ripper", which played out in London at the same time as _Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde_ was appearing on the stage, and its relationship to this story.

This book includes several interesting stories by Stevenson which reveal his continuing obsessions, the dual nature of man and the evolutionary taint of "bad blood". They show us how even the most respectable, upright individuals may have a dual nature (a dark side), though it is often hidden. They also have much to say about the societal hypocrisy which makes such a thing possible to begin with. The need to "keep up appearances" often betrays a darker side.

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