Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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by Robert Louis Stevenson
     
 

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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a novella written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and first published in 1886. It is about a London lawyer who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, and the misanthropic Edward Hyde. The work is known for its vivid portrayal of a split personality, split in the sense that within…  See more details below

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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a novella written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and first published in 1886. It is about a London lawyer who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, and the misanthropic Edward Hyde. The work is known for its vivid portrayal of a split personality, split in the sense that within the same person there is both an apparently good and an evil personality each being quite distinct from each other; in mainstream culture the very phrase "Jekyll and Hyde" has come to mean a person who is vastly different in moral character from one situation to the next. This is different from multiple personality disorder where the different personalities do not necessarily differ in any moral sense. Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was an immediate success and one of Stevenson's best-selling works. Stage adaptations began in Boston and London within a year of its publication and it has gone on to inspire scores of major film and stage performances.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013804302
Publisher:
Maran State Books
Publication date:
12/24/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
475 KB

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Meet the Author

Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson (November 13, 1850–December 3,
1894), was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a
leading representative of Neo-romanticism in English literature. He
was the man who "seemed to pick the right word up on the point of
his pen, like a man playing spillikins", as G. K. Chesterton put
it. He was also greatly admired by many authors, including Jorge
Luis Borges, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling and Vladimir
Nabokov. Most modernist writers dismissed him, however, because he
was popular and did not write within their narrow definition of
literature. It is only recently that critics have begun to look
beyond Stevenson's popularity and allow him a place in the canon.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
November 13, 1850
Date of Death:
December 3, 1894
Place of Birth:
Edinburgh, Scotland
Place of Death:
Vailima, Samoa
Education:
Edinburgh University, 1875

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