- Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
- Format: Paperback | 64 pages
- Dimensions: 122mm x 203mm x 5mm | 59g
- Publication date: 1 May 1991
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0486266885
- ISBN 13: 9780486266886
- Edition statement: Reprinted edition
- Sales rank: 3,119
Robert Louis Stevenson originally wrote "Dr. Jekyll And Mr Hyde" as a "chilling shocker." He then burned the draft and, upon his wife's advice, rewrote it as the darkly complex tale it is today. Stark, skillfully woven, this fascinating novel explores the curious turnings of human character through the strange case of Dr. Jekyll, a kindly scientist who by night takes on his stunted evil self, Mr. Hyde. Anticipating modern psychology, "Jekyll And Hyde" is a brilliantly original study of man's dual nature -- as well as an immortal tale of suspense and terror. Published in 1866, "Jekyll And Hyde" was an instant success and brought Stevenson his first taste of fame. Though sometimes dismissed as a mere mystery story, the book has evoked much literary admirations. Vladimir Nabokov likened it to "Madame Bovary" and "Dead Souls" as "a fable that lies nearer to poetry than to ordinary prose fiction."
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Stevenson's preoccupation with 'that strong sense of man's double being' comes to the fore in the other stories included in this gripping selection. 'The Body Snatcher' and 'Markheim' both have protagonists for whom there is no clear borderline between decency and wickedness, innocence and guilt. Other kinds of dualism ruin through tales written in the Scots dialect.