The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales of Terror

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales of Terror

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Published as a 'shilling shocker', Robert Louis Stevenson's dark psychological fantasy gave birth to the idea of the split personality. The story of respectable Dr Jekyll's strange association with 'damnable young man' Edward Hyde; the hunt through fog bound London for a killer; and the final revelation of Hyde's true identity is a chilling exploration of humanity's basest capacity for evil. The other stories in this volume also testify to Stevenson's inventiveness within the Gothic genre" 'Olalla', a tale of vampirism and tainted family blood, and 'The Body Snatcher', a gruesome fictionalisation of the exploits of the notorious Burke and Hare. This edition contains a critical introduction by Robert Mighall, which discusses class, criminality and the significance of the story's London setting. It also includes an essay on the scientific contexts of the novel and the development of the idea of the Jekyll-and-Hyde personality.
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2003.
ISBN: 9780141439730
Branch Call Number: FICTION Stevenso Robert
Characteristics: 177 p. ;,20 cm.


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Aug 11, 2016

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is classic story of Dr. Jekyll, a benign scientist, and his strange relationship with the malevolent Mr. Hyde. I really enjoyed this story, although I found it to be on the short side and wish there was a bit more to it. The story works with some very big themes like “what is good and evil?” as well as the duality and nature of man with some interesting views from various characters in the story, most notably Dr. Jekyll. If you already know the twist to the story, this book will be a little boring early on, but the final section is definitely the part I found the most enjoyable, and is worth reading the rest of the story for considering its brevity. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is definitely worth picking up. 4/5 Stars - @Fulton of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 03, 2012

I mentioned this title in the ongoing review series "Literary Counterparts."


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