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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (29 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141389508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141389509
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (460 customer reviews)
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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.

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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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I recently read the 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' book which was retold by Pauline Francis. This book is an integral part of the AQA English GCSE so I thought I'd borrow it from my local library and check it out. The story is very short and I managed to finish it in one day. I quite enjoyed reading the book. Having watched the film prior to reading the book, I sort of knew what to expect but the book and the film were actually quite different. The book was a nice easy read and seems to be aimed at younger audiences. The book is a classic. I liked the small illustrations in the book too. If you are looking for a book that's quick and easy to read, look no further! If this review was helpful, please click the thumbs up button - it really helps me out! :)
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First published back in 1886 Stevenson’s novella has even given the language a saying in the phrase Jekyll and Hyde. The story itself is told in a multiple narrative form as the lawyer, Utterson pieces together what has happened. Although nowadays as the story is so famous and even those who have never read it before know what it is about, we forget when it was first published this was also a mystery, as the first readers would not immediately know that the two characters of Jekyll and Hyde were the same person.

A success on both sides of the Atlantic it is quite easy to see why as this is gothic, it is horror, for the first readers a mystery incorporating sensationalist themes, and also a morality tale as well as being allegorical. Its influence on popular culture cannot be overlooked as this story has been used and adapted into numerous other stories and ideas. What for Stevenson was an interest initially in personalities and then inspiration coming from what we now call dissociative identity disorder, which most of us know by its pervious label of multiple personality disorder, led to this fantastic novella being written.

As we see here Jekyll loves the freedom that Hyde gives him to a certain extent and I suspect that this is one reason why this has always remained a popular tale, after all we all lose our temper at times and we all have dark thoughts, and the idea of Hyde gives our imaginations a chance to run free on things that we could do if we didn’t follow our moral constraints.
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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.
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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!!
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I first read this about twenty years ago and wasn't disappointed with the second reading. Atmospheric, creepy and clever. Thoroughly enjoyable and recommended reading for any lovers of horror!
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Good copy of the book, very useful for GCSE work, as it was the same as the one supplied by school except all the pages were more secure in this copy. Arrived quickly, and was used for the purpose it was bought, English GCSE, not a book I shall be reading again in a hurry!
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recommended text for gcse
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The audio book would not download kept saying could not connect to server very disappointed
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