The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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This story of a double-life in which the protagonist by day worked as a respectable doctor and by night roamed the back alleys of old-town London, was first published as a 'shilling shocker' in 1886 and became an instant classic. In the first six months of publication 40,000 copies were sold, and it remains one of the best tales ever written about the divided self. The story opens with Mr Utterson the lawyer learning of an inexplicable attack on a young girl by a certain Mr Hyde, who he knows to be a protege of his old friend Henry Jekyll. Deciding to discover more about the matter, he questions those who might know something and finally manages to speak to Hyde himself. Though it sounds like the beginning of a detective story, the reader is already aware that things are deeper than they might appear: those who meet Hyde feel an irrational hatred and are unable to describe him in any detail. And the language of the text itself seems to be hiding something: vague, ambiguous, at times opaque and full of repetitions. Something is going on here, but we're not sure what it is.In the end, after Hyde has committed a murder, a distressed Jekyll locks himself in his study; but when Utterson breaks down the door, he finds not Jekyll but the dead body of Hyde.
He also discovers a document which, along with another already acquired from the last two chapters, explains many things -- but not all. This new edition contains a substantial introduction, with the story of composition (amid difficulties), first publication and early reception, followed by a survey of the main critical interpretations of this much-discussed work, a brief study of its language, and an overview of the most important derivative works: stage plays, films, comic books, graphic novels, and retellings of various kinds. Key Features: / The most complete, scholarly edition of Jekyll and Hyde -- with full introduction, notes, etc. / The story of the composition and publication reveals new details -- of interest to RLS biographers / Summarises the many various critical approaches to Jekyll and Hyde / Explanatory notes cover archaic and Scots words, the origins and meanings of characters' names, and comment on cultural and literary allusions
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Product details

  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 144.8 x 218.4 x 22.9mm | 453.6g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • facsims.
  • 0748615180
  • 9780748615186

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Lovers of Stevenson's literary achievement [!] should rejoice at this most recent addition to the [!] Centenary Edition. [!] the cornucopia of aids to understanding the text supplied by Richard Dury [!] Who would have dreamed Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde had so much blood in it? Not that we would willingly surrender any of it. Confidence in Dury's judgment is aided and abetted by a surprisingly tolerant acceptance of competing versions of a particular explication. [!] This is a splendid edition. Dury's contribution is enormous, but all who helped him deserve recognition and high praise. -- Harold Orel The centenary edition marches majestically and triumphantly on! This is a splendid edition. After the text itself - refreshingly unobstructed by notes - are 31 pages of delightfully detailed explanatory notes, followed by two indexes, one of variants in manuscript drafts, the other describing early editions and translations. Dury follows this with amazingly specific notes on the manuscripts, a history of composition and publication and some brief comments on the present edition. This critical apparatus is uniformly precise, meticulous, and succinct. This is a major edition of a major work! Essential. Lovers of Stevenson's literary achievement [!] should rejoice at this most recent addition to the [!] Centenary Edition. [!] the cornucopia of aids to understanding the text supplied by Richard Dury [!] Who would have dreamed Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde had so much blood in it? Not that we would willingly surrender any of it. Confidence in Dury's judgment is aided and abetted by a surprisingly tolerant acceptance of competing versions of a particular explication. [!] This is a splendid edition. Dury's contribution is enormous, but all who helped him deserve recognition and high praise. The centenary edition marches majestically and triumphantly on! This is a splendid edition. After the text itself - refreshingly unobstructed by notes - are 31 pages of delightfully detailed explanatory notes, followed by two indexes, one of variants in manuscript drafts, the other describing early editions and translations. Dury follows this with amazingly specific notes on the manuscripts, a history of composition and publication and some brief comments on the present edition. This critical apparatus is uniformly precise, meticulous, and succinct. This is a major edition of a major work! Essential.
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About Robert Louis Stevenson

Richard Dury is Associate Professor at Bergamo University in Italy. Apart from work on English linguistics he is the editor of the Robert Louis Stevenson website and the associated Newsletters, and author of The Annotated Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1993).
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Table of contents

Preface by the General Editor; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Chronology; Introduction; Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde; Dedication; Contents; STORY OF THE DOOR; SEARCH FOR MR HYDE; DR JEKYLL WAS QUITE AT EASE; THE CAREW MURDER CASE; INCIDENT OF THE LETTER; REMARKABLE INCIDENT OF DR LANYON; INCIDENT AT THE WINDOW; THE LAST NIGHT; DR LANYON'S NARRATIVE; HENRY JEKYLL'S FULL STATEMENT OF THE CASE; Explanatory Notes; Appendix A: Manuscript Drafts; Appendix B: Early Editions and Translations; Textual Notes.
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