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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Illustrated) (Top Five Classics Book 8)

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  • Sales Rank:412,032
  • Format:Kindle eBook
  • Language:English (Published)
  • Media:Kindle Edition
  • Pages:96
  • Publication Date:August 7, 2014
  • ASIN:B00C1OQRPU

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Synopsis
This Top Five Classics edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE includes:

• More than 20 illustrations
• Introduction
• Detailed author bio and bibliography

DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, first published in 1886, has been and remains one of the most well-known works of popular fiction in the English language, having spawned hundreds of dramatic adaptations and inspired countless other works—beginning with the first stage production less than a year after the original book was published. It is also one of the most widely translated works in English literature.

But if you’ve never read Stevenson’s DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, you might be surprised at just how riveting the tale remains—as well as how different it is from what you’ve come to expect.
Amazon.com Review
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

Synopsis
This Top Five Classics edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE includes:

• More than 20 illustrations
• Introduction
• Detailed author bio and bibliography

DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, first published in 1886, has been and remains one of the most well-known works of popular fiction in the English language, having spawned hundreds of dramatic adaptations and inspired countless other works—beginning with the first stage production less than a year after the original book was published. It is also one of the most widely translated works in English literature.

But if you’ve never read Stevenson’s DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, you might be surprised at just how riveting the tale remains—as well as how different it is from what you’ve come to expect.

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