The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - And Other Tales of Terror (Broché)

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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. 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.
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  • Date de parution : 09/10/2015
  • Editeur : Penguin Books
  • Collection : Penguin Classics
  • ISBN : 978-0-14-143973-0
  • EAN : 9780141439730
  • Format : Poche
  • Présentation : Broché
  • Nb. de pages : 177 pages
  • Poids : 0.175 Kg
  • Dimensions : 13,0 cm × 20,0 cm × 1,3 cm
Robert Louis Stevenson

Biographie de 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 finally was allowed to study law at Edinburgh University. Stevenson reacted violently against the Presbyterian respectability of the city's professional classes and this led to painful clashes with his parents. In his early twenties he became afflicted with a severe respirators- illness from which he was to suffer for the rest of his life; it was at this time that he determined to become a professional writer.
In 1879 he travelled to California to marry Fanny Osbourne, an American ten years his senior. Together they continued his search for a climate kind to his fragile health, eventually settling in Samoa, where he died on 3 December 1894. Stevenson began his literary career as an essayist and travel-writer, but the success of Treasure Island (1883) and Kidnapped (1886) established his reputation for tales of action and adventure.
Kidnapped, and its sequel Catriona (1893), The Master of Ballantrae and stories such as Thrawn Janet and The Merry Men also reveal his knowledge and feeling for the Scottish cultural past. Stevenson's Calvinistic upbringing gave him a preoccupation with pre-destination and a fascination with the presence of evil. In Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde he explores the darker side of the human psyche, and the character of the Master in The master of Ballantrae (1889) was intended to be all I know of the Devil.
During the last years of his life Stevenson's creative range developed considerably and The Beach of Falesa brought to fiction the kind of scenes now associated with Conrad and Maugham. At the time of his death Robert Louis Stevenson was working on Weir of Hermiston; at once a romantic historical novel and an emotional reworking of one of Stevenson's own most distressing experiences, the conflict between father and son.
Robert Mighall completed a Ph.D. on Gothic fiction and Victorian medico-legal science at the University of Wales, and then spent three years as a post-doctoral fellow at Merton College, University of Oxford. In 1997 he became the editor of Penguin Classics, and now works in London as a consultant. His publications include an edition of Oscar Wilde's poems for Everyman Paperbacks, and a study of Victorian Gothic fiction for Oxford University Press (1999).
He has also edited Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray for Penguin Classics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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