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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Penguin English Library)


Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Penguin English Library)

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The Penguin English Library Edition of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

'All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil: and Edward Hyde, alone in the ranks of mankind, was pure evil'

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.

This edition also includes Stevenson's chilling story 'The Bottle Imp'.
The Penguin English Library - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.

"Pull[s] out all the stops."-"New Yorker" "Moser's small, stirring wood engravings will help draw horror fans to the classic novel that has popularized the concept of the double. . . . If you haven't reread it recently, you may be astonished by its suspensefulness and its disquieting power."-"Booklist" "Pull[s] out all the stops."2; "New Yorker" "The dozen wood engravings by Moser will knock you out. . . . You must own it!"2; "Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction" "Moser7;s small, stirring wood engravings will help draw horror fans to the classic novel that has popularized the concept of the double. . . . If you haven7;t reread it recently, you may be astonished by its suspensefulness and its disquieting power."2; "Booklist" "This classic tale . . . addresses the duality in man7;s nature and is here illustrated with twelve atmospheric woodcuts by Barry Moser that underscore the darkness of Stevenson7;s tale and continue Moser7;s legacy of bringing new life to the classics."2; "Bloomsbury Review" "Moser's small, stirring wood engravings will help draw horror fans to the classic novel that has popularized the concept of the double. . . . If you haven't reread it recently, you may be astonished by its suspensefulness and its disquieting power."--"Booklist" "Pull[s] out all the stops."--"New Yorker" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Penguin Classics; UK ed. edition (29 Nov. 2012)
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  • By Koopa90 on 15 July 2014

    A classic I just had to read.Recently read, Dracula & The Invisible Man. This one just added a certain finesse to my book collection.Though, like The Invisible Man, I would not consider this book to be a Horror. More of a tragedy.A scientific experiment that at first seemed marvelous, turns sinister and ultimately leads to a dark downfall.Though hard to read in some places, with the use of long lost english words and phrases, this book is still a short and sweet read.The edition I read however had some strange changes.Considering the author was Scottish, I found it odd that the words "Color" and "Ass" were used, as appose to what you'd expect from a Scotsman.Overall a good read. An interesting and sad one in my view. But a good one at that.

  • By Mark Mayes on 14 January 2017

    I'd wanted to read this for a long time, and am really glad I finally got round to it. Love the language, the wonderful narrative devices employed, and how the weather, the light, and the distortion of sound can affect perception and mood. Fascinating discussion on the duality of the self, and what happens when the necessary balance of appetite and restraint is lost - to my mind it makes a distinction between licence and true freedom of action, the latter being cognizant of one's effects on others. A lot to ponder over here.

  • By Garbo on 12 August 2013

    Jekyll and Hyde is such an iconic cultural phenomenon, that is talked about often, particularly in regards to mental health and assessment of personalities, or character. Because of that, I feel that as a reader in 2013 who has such cultural awareness about it's legacy, that I missed out. I didn't experience the suspense that those first readers would have enjoyed. To me, that's disappointing, but in truth, is not the fault of the novel or the author. In many ways it commends the legacy and infamy that this short story has left.[Spoilers]What I read I enjoyed, and what I particularly enjoyed was Jekyll's own descriptive narrative of himself and Hyde, his love and despair of that side of him, the creation of this duality of being, and his struggles of coping with this overwhelming and ever-present evil. One thing I would have loved to have read about was the reaction of Poole and Utterson after the revelation of the nature of Dr Jekyl and Edward Hyde. To me that would have been really enlightening.I bought this edition because the covers are so attractive, and have indeed bought many other classics in this collection for the same reason.I have yet to read the short story accompanied with this famous tale.

  • By lyra on 2 April 2017

    Nice edition for school's use - small book - 101 pages containing Jekyll and Hyde; The Bottle Imp and some notes. Good as the edition is smal to carry and doesn't make the studnets think it is an overwhelming task to read it. As always, not a huge amunt of space for annotation and if you want an annotated copy go for the Penguin classics edition which has loads of notes. This is text only. It can make for very dry reading but is a good tale to study if you know what you are looking for.

  • By lou on 28 February 2017

    Firstly, this is a great novella, gripping, thrilling and short (about 54 pages). Definitely recommend reading! If you are a student studying the book then this is the best version out there. Norton editions have excellent critical material....Best secondary reading I find is always within the norton editions!!

  • By Miss L on 6 December 2014

    I am currently reading the book now. It's the first time I've read it in "adult" form. I read this story as a child via Ladybird, then as a early teenager via Puffin Junior Classic's. I've also seen numerous television adaptions and films too. Suddenly out of nowhere had a desire to read the real version of this book, and so far, I'm not disappointed.I have been totally engaged in this story from the very start. It's hooked me from the first line and have easily whiled away several hours just forgetting the time.I have a real love of gothic horror stories such as Dracula and Frankenstein and I'm really enjoying reading this, too.If you want a genuinely unsettling story that doesn't rely on blood and guts, this is for you. It's available on Amazon at a more than reasonable price so give it a go. It's entertaining and engaging.

  • By LaM on 22 July 2017

    It's funny how things that obviously frightened one generation seem incredibly tame to another. I guess we've all become desensitised to horror. It's an interesting read from its historical perspective, but don't expect your spine to tingle. And as a female reader, expect your sex to be patronised. I found it curious that a small child was freely wandering the streets of London at 3am.

  • By John Moseley on 1 April 2012

    Of all the Victorian gothic and sensationalist horror narratives (Dracula, Frankenstein, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Moonstone etc), The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is perhaps the most unsettling. It is a genuinely frightening narrative, perhaps because, unlike its contemporaries, the subject of the horror is, and remains, very human. Dr Jekyll is ostensibly a very normal mid-Victorian gentleman scientist, with a commonplace interest in exploring the boundaries of consciousness and self. His experiments, however, lead him down an ungodly path from which he struggles to return. His alter-ego Mr Hyde is monstrous in every sense of the word. He is powerful, persuasive and without any moral sensibilities whatsoever. The narrator, Henry Jekyll, tells us some of the worst excesses of Hyde's malevolent nature, but hints at worse. Like Dracula, the `Strange Case' of Dr Jekyll is documented in a series of letters, diary entries and reports to create an unequivocal sense of truth for the fantastical tale therein. It all adds to the terror of the story.One interesting fact about the narrative - almost everyone pronounces `Dr Jekyll' incorrectly. Robert Louis Stevenson chose the name `Jekyll' because he liked the way it rhymed with `treacle'.

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