Author(s): Stevenson, Robert Louis
His innovative thriller, as shocking now as when it was first published, the Penguin Classics edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales of Terror is edited with an introduction by Robert Mighall.
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 the '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. The other stories in this volume also testify to Stevenson's inventiveness within the Gothic tradition- 'Olalla', a tale of vampirism and tainted family blood, and 'The Body Snatcher', a gruesome fictionalisation of the exploits of the notorious Burke and Hare.
This edition contains a critical introduction by Robert Mighall, which discusses class, criminality and the significance of the story's London setting. It also includes an essay on the scientific contexts of the novel and the development of the idea of the Jekyll-and-Hyde personality.
About the author:
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94) is the author of many works of fiction including Kidnapped, Treasure Island, The Weir of Hermiston, and poetry.
Robert Mighall has edited The Picture of Dorian Gray for Penguin Classics and is the author of A Geography of Victorian Gothic Fiction (1999).
Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 20030505
Publisher: Penguin UK
Product Form: Paperback / softback
Dimensions (LxWxH): 198 mm129 mm13 mm
Weight: 172 gr