The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Format:  CD/Spoken Word,

1 pages

Edition: Edition

Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books

Publish Date: Apr 2012

ISBN-13: 9781906147631

ISBN-10: 1906147639

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A stellar reading of the horror classic One of Stevenson's best-selling works, the story follows a London lawyer investigating strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, and the misanthropic Mr Hyde. The tale's popularity was such that "Jekyll and Hyde" is common shorthand for split personality and the duality of human nature Stevenson's tale explores. Unabridged.

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Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books
Publish Date: Apr 2012
ISBN-13: 9781906147631
ISBN-10: 1906147639
Format: CD/Spoken Word
Number of Pages: 1
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.25
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.0 x 5.75 x 0.75

About the author

Biography of Stevenson, Robert Louis

Novelist, poet, and essayist Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. A sickly child, Stevenson was an invalid for part of his childhood and remained in ill health throughout his life. He began studying engineering at Edinburgh University but soon switched to law. His true inclination, however, was for writing. For several years after completing his studies, Stevenson traveled on the Continent, gathering ideas for his writing. His Inland Voyage (1878) and Travels with a Donkey (1878) describe some of his experiences there.

A variety of essays and short stories followed, most of which were published in magazines. It was with the publication of Treasure Island in 1883, however, that Stevenson achieved wide recognition and fame. This was followed by his most successful adventure story, Kidnapped, which appeared in 1886. With stories such as Treasure Island and Kidnapped, Stevenson revived Daniel Defoe's novel of romantic adventure, adding to it psychological analysis. While these stories and others, such as David Balfour and The Master of Ballantrae (1889), are stories of adventure, they are at the same time fine studies of character.

The Master of Ballantrae, in particular, is a study of evil character, and this study is taken even further in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886). In 1887 Stevenson and his wife, Fanny, went to the United States, first to the health spas of Saranac Lake, New York, and then on to the West Coast. From there they set out for the South Seas in 1889. Except for one trip to Sidney, Australia, Stevenson spent the remainder of his life on the island of Samoa with his devoted wife and stepson.

While there he wrote The Wrecker (1892), Island Nights Entertainments (1893), and Catriona (1893), a sequel to Kidnapped. He also worked on St. Ives and The Weir of Hermiston, which many consider to be his masterpiece. He died suddenly of apoplexy, leaving both of these works unfinished. Both were published posthumously; St. Ives was completed by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, and The Weir of Hermiston was published unfinished. Stevenson was buried on Samoa, an island he had come to love very much. Although Stevenson's novels are perhaps more accomplished, his short stories are also vivid and memorable. All show his power of invention, his command of the macabre and the eerie, and the psychological depth of his characterization.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2012-03-15)

Stevenson's pioneering psychological thriller was released in 1886, but unlike 1883's Treasure Island and Kidnapped, also 1886, where the story is propelled through action, this tale is dominated by talk. The dreaded Edward Hyde remains an elusive character, appearing quite sparingly. Very little actually transpires, and the eventual solution to the mystery and the revelation of Hyde's true identity unfurl through Jekyll's first-person narrative related after his death. Despite its brief length, the familiar story moves slowly. Stevenson's prose, however, is crisp, lush, and a delight on audio.

Verdict: Oscar-nominee Ian Holm acts the story rather than reads it, providing a virtuoso performance that's a treat for listeners. The novel's brevity makes it prime travel fodder or for playing aloud in a classroom to students. Nice price, too.

-Mike Rogers, Library Journal

(c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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A stellar reading of the horror classic
One of Stevenson's best-selling works, the story follows a London lawyer investigating strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, and the misanthropic Mr Hyde. The tale's popularity was such that "Jekyll and Hyde" is common shorthand for split personality and the duality of human nature Stevenson's tale explores. Unabridged.

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