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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde…

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (original 1886; edition 2002)

by Robert Louis Stevenson, Katherine Linehan, Katherine B. Linehan (Editor)

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Title:The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Authors:Robert Louis Stevenson
Other authors:Katherine Linehan, Katherine B. Linehan (Editor)
Info:W.W. Norton & Co. (2002), Paperback, 240 pages
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [Norton Critical Edition] by Robert Louis Stevenson (1886)



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Just read this for maybe the 8th time, this time with my Victorian Lit class. For such a short novel (a novella, really), it presents an incredibly comprehensive image of some of the central anxieties of Victorian culture.

It's not much like the various films made from it in violence--there are only two murders in the book vs. some of the veritable blood baths that occur in the films. But the insight into internal conflicts and struggles, especially considering the Victorian concerns with belief, keeping up middle-class appearances, and science/religion controversy, is eye-opening.

One thing to keep in mind as you read is that the conflict is not between Jekyll-the-good and Hyde-the-evil, but between Hyde-the-all-evil and Jekyll-the-good-and-evil. Also, be aware of the subtext of whether one is one's brother's keeper. ( )
  Jujunna | Jul 25, 2014 |
Delicious fiction; has much of the feel of a Conan-Doyle Sherlock Holmes story, with an added undercurrent of supernatural fright. Questions of human nature are put very directly, but without any attempt to provide direct or simple answers that disrespect the reader's intelligence. The characters--Utterson, Jeckyll, Hyde, Lanyon--are all quite memorably sketched. ( )
  manque | Dec 8, 2007 |
It has been noted as "one of the best guidebooks of the Victorian times because of its piercing description of the fundamental dichotomy of the 19th century outward respectability and inward lust" as it had a tendency for social hypocrisy. Victorian yes, but most people I know lead some kind of double life, some worse than others - the theme is a timeless observation of social morality.

See also the open source annotated version: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Annotated_Strange_Case_Of_Dr_Jekyll_And_Mr_Hyd... ( )
  Stbalbach | Jul 3, 2006 |
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This Norton Critical Edition of Stevenson's enduringly popular and chilling tale is based on the 1886 First British Edition, the only edition set directly from Stevenson's manuscript and for which he read proofs. The text has been rigorously annotated for student readers and is accompanied by a textual appendix.

"Backgrounds and Contexts" includes a wealth of materials on the tale's publication history as well as its relevance to Victorian culture. Twelve of Stevenson's letters from the years 1885-87 are excerpted, along with his essay "A Chapter on Dreams," in which he comments on the plot's origin. Ten contemporary responses--including those by Julia Wedgwood, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Henry James--illustrate Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde's initial reception. Stevenson's 1885 tale "Markheim," a precursor to Jekyll and Hyde and a window onto the Victorian sensation market, is reprinted in its entirety in this Norton Critical Edition. Karl Miller, Jenni Calder, and Judith Halberstam discuss literary genres central to Jekyll and Hyde. Four scientific essays--including one by Stephen Jay Gould--elucidate Victorian conceptions of atavism, multiple-personality disorder, narcotics addiction, and sexual aberration. Judith R. Walkowitz and Walter Houghton consider the implications of Victorian moral conformity and political disunity for society at large.

"Performance Adaptations" addresses--in writings by C. Alex Pinkston, Jr., Charles King, and Scott Allen Nollen--the many ways in which Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been dramatized over more than a century and explores its status as a perpetually effective vehicle for changing psychological and social concerns. A checklist of major performance adaptions is provided, along with a sampler of publicity photos.

"Criticism" includes essays by G. K. Chesterton, Vladimir Nabokov, Peter K. Garrett, Patrick Brantlinger, and Katherine Linehan that center on the tale's major themes of morality, allegory, and self-alienation.

A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.

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