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  • Published: 3 December 2007
  • ISBN: 9780099511588
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $14.99

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Stories

“Instantly the spirit of hell awoke in me and raged... I was suddenly struck through the heart by a cold thrill of terror “- Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

How thin is the line between good and evil?
Dr Jekyll has been experimenting with his identity. He has developed a drug which separates the two sides of his nature and allows him to occasionally abandon himself to his most corrupt inclinations as the monstrous Mr Hyde. But gradually he begins to find that the journey back to goodness becomes more and more difficult, and the risk that Mr Hyde will break free entirely from Dr Jekyll's control puts all of London in grave peril.

  • Pub date: 3 December 2007
  • ISBN: 9780099511588
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Author

Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850. The son of a prosperous civil engineer, he was expected to follow the family profession but was finally allowed to study law at Edinburgh University. Stevenson reacted forcibly against the Presbyterianism of both his city's professional classes and his devout parents, but the influence of Calvinism on his childhood informed the fascination with evil that is so powerfully explored in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Stevenson suffered from a severe respiratory disease from his twenties onwards, leading him to settle in the gentle climate of Samoa with his American wife, Fanny Osbourne.

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Praise for Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Stories

“Mr Hyde's sordid and perhaps deviant excesses are rendered more suggestive through being left undescribed”

Sarah Waters

“A fable that lies nearer to poetry than to ordinary prose fiction”

Vladimir Nabokov

“Robert Louis Stevenson...was a storyteller, that's what I'd like to be, that's what I'm trying to be”

Quintin Jardine

“Jekyll and Hyde, in particular, is such an important novel in terms of suspense and setting a perfect scene for crime”

Alanna Knight

“Writers I love: Ellroy, Larry Block, Robert Louis Stevenson, Muriel Spark, Anthony Burgess, Chandler... '[Edinburgh] was the city of Jekyll & Hyde, where the template for that story was a real-life Edinburgh character named Deacon William Brodie, who was a gentleman by day and a burglar and murderer by night. He gave Stevenson his story”

Ian Rankin

“Another genius Scottish take on the theme of split personalities. Needs no further introduction”

Maggie O’Farrell

“Stevenson's short stories are certain to retain their position in English literature. His serious rivals are few indeed”

Arthur Conan Doyle

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