The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: An Authoritative Text, Backgrounds and Contexts, Performance Adaptations, CriticismPaperback Norton Critical Editions
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- Publisher: WW Norton & Co
- Format: Paperback | 192 pages
- Dimensions: 132mm x 201mm x 20mm | 113g
- Publication date: 11 February 2003
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0393974650
- ISBN 13: 9780393974652
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Illustrations note: 14 illustrations
- Sales rank: 33,111
The text used for this Norton Critical Edition of Stevenson's novella is that of the 1886 first edition, the only edition which was set directly from the author's manuscript. It has been rigorously annotated for undergraduate readers, and is accompanied by a textual appendix. The five critical essays centre on the novella's allegorical dimensions and its narrative technique. Four scientific essays, including one by Stephen Jay Gould, discuss the concept of the divided self, multiple personality disorders and the use of narcotics. A section on performance adaptations examines the many ways the plot has been dramatized over more than a century, as an outlet for modern psychological and social concerns.
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By Tarissa 10 Oct 2014
The actual story of Jekyll and Hyde is different than what I expected it to be (LESS creepier, in fact!). It is told simply about a man who can, quite literally, change from one appearance to another, thus creating the effect of two persons. One admittedly better-spirited, and the other having a dark soul.
As classics go, this one is written very well. Certainly not a favorite of mine, but still it was worth the read, just to see what it was like.