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Learn more about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde:

Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0451532252
ISBN-13: 9780451532251
Sku: 226710407
Publish Date: 12/4/2012
Pages:  144
Age Range:  22 to UP
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Mr. Utterson the lawyer was a man of rugged countenance, that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty, dreary, and yet somehow lovable. (from the first line)
Stevenson''s masterpiece about the duality of good and evil in man''s nature sprang from the darkest recesses of his own unconscious mind. More than 100 years later, his enduring classic remains the irresistibly terrifying stuff of nightmares. Revised reissue.
From the Publisher:
?Why did you wake me? I was dreaming a fine bogey tale.?
Robert Louis Stevenson?s masterpiece of the duality of good and evil in man?s nature sprang from the darkest recesses of his own unconscious?during a nightmare from which his wife awakened him, alerted by his screams. More than a hundred years later, this tale of the mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll and the drug that unleashes his evil, inner persona?the loathsome, twisted Mr. Hyde?has lost none of its ability to shock. Its realistic police-style narrative chillingly relates Jekyll?s desperation as Hyde gains control of his soul?and gives voice to our own fears of the violence and evil within us. Written before Freud?s naming of the ego and the id, Stevenson?s enduring classic demonstrates a remarkable understanding of the personality?s inner conflicts?and remains the irresistibly terrifying stuff of our worst nightmares.
Includes the Famous Cornell Lecture on
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Vladimir Nabokov
With a New Introduction by Kelly HUrley
and with an Afterword by Dan Chaon
In a classic story of good and evil, a gentle doctor's experiment into the duality of the soul goes awry and he is transformed into a hideous monster at night. Reissue.
Annotation:
In Robert Louis Stevenson's nightmarish, suspenseful, and deeply disturbing novel, Dr. Jekyll experiments with a drug that splits his personality into good and evil elements. Gradually, he loses control of the process and finds himself slipping more and more frequently into the guise of the evil and depraved Hyde. Finally, Hyde is accused of murder, and the good doctor, tormented by the struggle between good and evil that he embodies, is forced into an act of violence by his tortured conscience. Narrated by several onlookers, as well as by Jekyll himself, DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, one of the earliest "horror" tales (1886), is arguably the most famous horror story ever written; the concept of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" to signify a split personality has become deeply embedded in the public consciousness, even for those who have never read the book. It has, of course, been dramatized numerous times in numerous ways; it has prompted many interpretations since its publication in 1886, including the view that it was a precursor of Freud's work on the ego and the libido. Stevenson wrote the novel in a fever, finishing it in less than three days while he was deathly ill with tuberculosis. He lived, however, eight more years, dying in Samoa at the age of 44.In Robert Louis Stevenson's nightmarish, suspenseful, and deeply disturbing novel, Dr. Jekyll experiments with a drug that splits his personality into good and evil elements. Gradually, he loses control of the process and finds himself slipping more and more frequently into the guise of the evil and depraved Hyde. Finally, Hyde is accused of murder, and the good doctor, tormented by the struggle between good and evil that he embodies, is forced into an act of violence by his tortured conscience. Narrated by several onlookers, as well as by Jekyll himself, DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, one of the earliest "horror" tales (1886), is arguably the most famous horror story ever written; the concept of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" to signify a split personality has become deeply embedded in the public consciousness, even for those who have never read the book. It has, of course, been dramatized numerous times in numerous ways; it has prompted many interpretations since its publication in 1886, including the view that it was a precursor of Freud's work on the ego and the libido. Stevenson wrote the novel in a fever, finishing it in less than three days while he was deathly ill with tuberculosis. He lived, however, eight more years, dying in Samoa at the age of 44.
Author Bio
R. L. Stevenson
Stevenson's life was almost as adventurous as the stories he created. He spent much of it as a traveler, writing about his exploits in such exemplary travel books as TRAVELS WITH A DONKEY IN THE CEVENNES. He studied law but never practiced; he always wanted to write, and gave himself what amounted to a writing course, studying and copying the style and techniques of his favorite writers. His attempts paid off: his first published novel, TREASURE ISLAND, brought him money and fame. At 29 he fell in love with a married woman--alienating his family--and pursued her to California, where she divorced her husband, after which the couple married and traveled extensively in the U.S., visiting various spas and health resorts in search of a cure for the tuberculosis from which Stevenson suffered all his life. After extensive travel in the South Seas, he finally settled in Samoa, where he became involved in the lives and politics of the islanders. During all his wanderings, he continued to write, producing a total of 12 novels, many short tales, three plays, poetry (including the classic A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES), and dozens of books of essays and travel pieces. He died in Samoa at 44--suddenly, of apoplexy, as he was making a salad for dinner--leaving his last book, THE WEIR OF HERMISTON, unfinished.

Nabokov was born into a privileged Russian family, in a house with 50 servants where three languages were spoken. His childhood (brilliantly recreated in his richly evocative memoir, SPEAK, MEMORY), was idyllic, but he fled Russia at 20 after the Bolshevik revolution, losing his $2 million inheritance. He studied at Cambridge, graduating with honors, and lived for many years in a Berlin community of Russian ?migr?s, where his father was killed at a political rally. He began writing novels there, and later in Paris, where he lived with his wife Vera and their son. In 1940, the Nabokovs moved to the U.S.; he taught at Wellesley, and then became a professor of Russian literature at Cornell, where he is remembered for his colorful, idiosyncratic, and illuminating lectures. It was at Cornell that Nabokov wrote his most famous novel, LOLITA, the success of which enabled him to give up teaching and move to Switzerland, where he lived until his death. Nabokov saw his main theme as that of the writer as exile. His dazzling novels assure his place as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. He was also a beloved teacher, a more than competent lepidopterist, and a translator of many works of literature, including his own.

Nabokov was born into a privileged Russian family, in a house with 50 servants where three languages were spoken. His childhood (brilliantly recreated in his richly evocative memoir, SPEAK, MEMORY), was idyllic, but he fled Russia at 20 after the Bolshevik revolution, losing his $2 million inheritance. He studied at Cambridge, graduating with honors, and lived for many years in a Berlin community of Russian migrs, where his father was killed at a political rally. He began writing novels there, and later in Paris, where he lived with his wife Vera and their son. In 1940, the Nabokovs moved to the U.S.; he taught at Wellesley, and then became a professor of Russian literature at Cornell, where he is remembered for his colorful, idiosyncratic, and illuminating lectures. It was at Cornell that Nabokov wrote his most famous novel, LOLITA, the success of which enabled him to give up teaching and move to Switzerland, where he lived until his death. Nabokov saw his main theme as that of the writer as exile. His dazzling novels assure his place as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. He was also a beloved teacher, a more than competent lepidopterist, and a translator of many works of literature, including his own.

Stevenson's life was almost as adventurous as the stories he created. He spent much of it as a traveler, writing about his exploits in such exemplary travel books as TRAVELS WITH A DONKEY IN THE CEVENNES. He studied law but never practiced; he always wanted to write, and gave himself what amounted to a writing course, studying and copying the style and techniques of his favorite writers. His attempts paid off: his first published novel, TREASURE ISLAND, brought him money and fame. At 29 he fell in love with a married woman--alienating his family--and pursued her to California, where she divorced her husband, after which the couple married and traveled extensively in the U.S., visiting various spas and health resorts in search of a cure for the tuberculosis from which Stevenson suffered all his life. After extensive travel in the South Seas, he finally settled in Samoa, where he became involved in the lives and politics of the islanders. During all his wanderings, he continued to write, producing a total of 12 novels, many short tales, three plays, poetry (including the classic A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES), and dozens of books of essays and travel pieces. He died in Samoa at 44--suddenly, of apoplexy, as he was making a salad for dinner--leaving his last book, THE WEIR OF HERMISTON, unfinished.

Nabokov was born into a privileged Russian family, in a house with 50 servants where three languages were spoken. His childhood (brilliantly recreated in his richly evocative memoir, SPEAK, MEMORY), was idyllic, but he fled Russia at 20 after the Bolshevik revolution, losing his $2 million inheritance. He studied at Cambridge, graduating with honors, and lived for many years in a Berlin community of Russian ?migr?s, where his father was killed at a political rally. He began writing novels there, and later in Paris, where he lived with his wife Vera and their son. In 1940, the Nabokovs moved to the U.S.; he taught at Wellesley, and then became a professor of Russian literature at Cornell, where he is remembered for his colorful, idiosyncratic, and illuminating lectures. It was at Cornell that Nabokov wrote his most famous novel, LOLITA, the success of which enabled him to give up teaching and move to Switzerland, where he lived until his death. Nabokov saw his main theme as that of the writer as exile. His dazzling novels assure his place as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. He was also a beloved teacher, a more than competent lepidopterist, and a translator of many works of literature, including his own.

Nabokov was born into a privileged Russian family, in a house with 50 servants where three languages were spoken. His childhood (brilliantly recreated in his richly evocative memoir, SPEAK, MEMORY), was idyllic, but he fled Russia at 20 after the Bolshevik revolution, losing his $2 million inheritance. He studied at Cambridge, graduating with honors, and lived for many years in a Berlin community of Russian migrs, where his father was killed at a political rally. He began writing novels there, and later in Paris, where he lived with his wife Vera and their son. In 1940, the Nabokovs moved to the U.S.; he taught at Wellesley, and then became a professor of Russian literature at Cornell, where he is remembered for his colorful, idiosyncratic, and illuminating lectures. It was at Cornell that Nabokov wrote his most famous novel, LOLITA, the success of which enabled him to give up teaching and move to Switzerland, where he lived until his death. Nabokov saw his main theme as that of the writer as exile. His dazzling novels assure his place as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. He was also a beloved teacher, a more than competent lepidopterist, and a translator of many works of literature, including his own.

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"['Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'] is not only a good 'bogey story'...it belongs to the same order of art as 'Madame Bovary' or 'Dead Souls'." - Vladimir Nabokov

"['Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'] is not only a good 'bogey story'...it belongs to the same order of art as 'Madame Bovary' or 'Dead Souls'." - Vladimir Nabokov

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