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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886)

by Robert Louis Stevenson,  Robert Louis Stevenson

Other authors: Penko Gelev (Illustrator), Susan Moshynski (Illustrator), Robert Lewis Stevenson (Original Author)

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The unfortunate thing about reading a well-known classic is already knowing what the "gotcha" element is, which, when finally revealed in the text, ends up being rather anti-climactic. I enjoyed the story well enough, but one can't help but wonder how the impact might have been different with virgin eyes. This edition also contained a "sequel" by Francis H. Little, two other Stevenson short stories, and another short story tangentially-related to Jekyll and Hyde by Robert J. McLaughlin. ( )
  ryner | Aug 31, 2018 |
Well, popular culture sure spoiled this one, and everything it didn't get, the book's introduction did. Seriously, don't go spoiling plot points and character development in your introduction. ( )
  _rixx_ | Aug 30, 2018 |
This is one of those classic stories it would be almost impossible to not be aware of on some level. The basic concept of the book is deeply ingrained in pop culture, but a lot of people probably haven't read the origin of what has become a legend of sorts.
Reading the classics isn't always easy; the writing style being of a previous era. But it gives a new and interesting perspective to read the original texts that have spawned so many echoes through to the modern day.
This book is a good place to start if you're wanting to start dipping into the classics. The older style might take some getting used to, but it's short. It would be easy enough to read the whole thing in a single quiet afternoon, but if read in smaller doses, still wouldn't take a terribly long time to get through.
As with other classic works I've read, such as Frankenstein, the nuances and details were not quite what I expected. It has a much deeper reflection on human nature, for one.
This is well worth reading, if only to see how the tale was originally portrayed. ( )
  AngelaJMaher | Aug 12, 2018 |
Better than I recalled, but I feel it's infamy makes it more cliched. ( )
  benuathanasia | Aug 10, 2018 |
While reading this classic, I kept trying to imagine what it would have been like to come upon it in 1886 and not have any idea where the story was going. I can imagine it would have been completely enthralling. Of course, you can hardly have been on this planet since that time and not know who Jekyll and Hyde are and what is at the root of their story.

I will admit that I had always thought of them as good and evil, but that is not right. They are evil and human, which is an entirely different thing. Perhaps the reason Hyde wins is that while pure evil exists, pure good does not. As long as evil is not given dominance, good is able to prevail, but when Jekyll lets evil have sway, he opens a door he cannot easily close.

I enjoyed the story, but Stevenson’s style keeps you at one remove from the characters, so that you are always just a peeper, looking through the keyhole, and never a participant. While the device does build tension, it does not build empathy, so that in the end you are only curious to know what happens to Dr. Jekyll but not truly concerned for what happens to him. I think it is clever that Stevenson could hide such an obvious moral caution within such a mysterious tale.

When I read classics, I am frequently reminded why they have endured the years and sometimes centuries that separate them from their original audience. There is a reason Jekyll and Hyde have become emblematic of the warring natures within us and endure the passage of time.
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Stevenson, Robert Louisprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stevenson, Robert Louismain authorall editionsconfirmed
Gelev, PenkoIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moshynski, SusanIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stevenson, Robert LewisOriginal Authorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Øye, AgneteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bentley, B. AllenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chaon, DanAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Charyn, JeromeAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Finzi, GilbertoForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fruttero, CarloTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gallone, MariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gardner, GroverNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haglund, ErkkiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jørgensen, OskarIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Keeping, CharlesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirby, JoshCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krog, HelgeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Larsstuvold, RunePrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lucentini, FrancoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McMullan, KateAdaptersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nabokov, VladimirIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nordberg, NilsIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oliva, SalvadorTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peake, MervynIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spencer, AlexanderNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thorn, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, Edward ArthurIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories (Vintage Classics) by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Dr. Jekyll und Mr. Hyde und andere Schauergeschichten. ( Phantastische Literatur). by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Epigraph
It's ill to loose the bands that God decreed to bind;
Still will we be the children of the heather and the wind,
Far away from home, O it's still for you and me
That the broom is blowing bonnie in the north countrie.
Dedication
To Katharine De Mattos
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Mr. Utterson the lawyer was a man of a 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.
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With every day, and from both sides of my intelligence, the moral and the intellectual, I thus drew steadily nearer to that truth by whose partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck: that man is not truly one, but truly two. I say two, because the state of my own knowledge does not pass beyond that point. Others will follow, others will outstrip me on the same lines; and I hazard the guess that man will be ultimately known for a mere polity of multifarious, incongruous and independent denizens.
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Suspense, omicidi, atmosfere cupe: c'è quanto basta per restare svegli con Lo Strano Caso del dr. Jekyll e del sig. Hyde. È la storia di un dottore che scopre in una droga il mezzo per trasformarsi in una creatura mostruosa. Ambientato nella Londra del XIX secolo, il romanzo di Stevenson ha inizio in una strada cittadina, con una chiacchierata tra l'avvocato Utterson e suo cugino Enfield. Passeggiando, i due superano una casa che ricorda a Enfield una brutta vicenda: in quell'abitazione era vissuto un certo signor Hyde che aveva picchiato brutalmente una bambina. Utterson resta scosso dal racconto e se ne torna a casa. Ma poco dopo, nel suo studio, fa una scoperta inquietante: il beneficiario del testamento del dottor Jekyll è il signor Hyde. Si mette così sulle trac e di Hyde. Lo trova, gli parla, ma la conversazione dura pochi secondi perchè Hyde interrompe il colloquio bruscamente e sparisce. Invano l'avvocato chiede chiarimenti al dottor Jekyll, di cui è molto amico: il medico è evasivo e, anzi, a un certo punto non si fa neppure trovare. La tensione sale, i colpi di scena si susseguono, c'è un omicidio. Chi ne è l'autore? Utterson insiste con il dottor Jekyll per conoscere la verità. Ma questa verrà alla luce solo negli ultimi due capitoli. Caratterizzato da un ritmo incalzante, il libro di Stevenson esprime la convinzione dello scrittore che la mente umana abbia una doppia natura. Ma è anche un' efficace denuncia dell'ipocrisia della società vittoriana.
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Haiku summary
What's in this test tube?
I don't know. Should I drink it?
Sure, what could go wrong?
(Carnophile)
A mad scientist
divides himself in two parts.
He’s both good and bad.
(marcusbrutus)

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0451528956, Mass Market Paperback)

The young Robert Louis Stevenson suffered from repeated nightmares of living a double life, in which by day he worked as a respectable doctor and by night he roamed the back alleys of old-town Edinburgh. In three days of furious writing, he produced a story about his dream existence. His wife found it too gruesome, so he promptly burned the manuscript. In another three days, he wrote it again. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was published as a "shilling shocker" in 1886, and became an instant classic. In the first six months, 40,000 copies were sold. Queen Victoria read it. Sermons and editorials were written about it. When Stevenson and his family visited America a year later, they were mobbed by reporters at the dock in New York City. Compulsively readable from its opening pages, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is still one of the best tales ever written about the divided self.

This University of Nebraska Press edition is a small, exquisitely produced paperback. The book design, based on the original first edition of 1886, includes wide margins, decorative capitals on the title page and first page of each chapter, and a clean, readable font that is 19th-century in style. Joyce Carol Oates contributes a foreword in which she calls Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde a "mythopoetic figure" like Frankenstein, Dracula, and Alice in Wonderland, and compares Stevenson's creation to doubled selves in the works of Plato, Poe, Wilde, and Dickens.

This edition also features 12 full-page wood engravings by renowned illustrator Barry Moser. Moser is a skillful reader and interpreter as well as artist, and his afterword to the book, in which he explains the process by which he chose a self-portrait motif for the suite of engravings, is fascinating. For the image of Edward Hyde, he writes, "I went so far as to have my dentist fit me out with a carefully sculpted prosthetic of evil-looking teeth. But in the final moments I had to abandon the idea as being inappropriate. It was more important to stay in keeping with the text and, like Stevenson, not show Hyde's face." (Also recommended: the edition of Frankenstein illustrated by Barry Moser) --Fiona Webster

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