- 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: 3,325
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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Back cover copy
In September of 1884, Robert Louis Stevenson, then in his mid-thirties, moved with his family to Bournemouth, a resort on the southern coast of England, where in the brief span of 23 months he revised "A Child's Garden of Verses" and wrote the novels "Kidnapped" and "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." An intriguing combination of fantast thriller and moral allegory, "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" depicts the gripping struggle of two opposing personalities--one essentially good, the other evil--for the soul of one man. Its tingling suspense and intelligent and sensitive portrayal of man's dual nature reveals Stevenson as a writer of great skill and originality, whose power to terrify and move us remains, over a century later, undiminished.