Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde and other stories

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Robert Louis Stevenson originally wrote "Dr. Jekyll And Mr Hyde" as a "chilling shocker." He then burned the draft and, upon his wife's advice, rewrote it as the darkly complex tale it is today. Stark, skillfully woven, this fascinating novel explores the curious turnings of human character through the strange case of Dr. Jekyll, a kindly scientist who by night takes on his stunted evil self, Mr. Hyde. Anticipating modern psychology, "Jekyll And Hyde" is a brilliantly original study of man's dual nature -- as well as an immortal tale of suspense and terror. Published in 1866, "Jekyll And Hyde" was an instant success and brought Stevenson his first taste of fame. Though sometimes dismissed as a mere mystery story, the book has evoked much literary admirations. Vladimir Nabokov likened it to "Madame Bovary" and "Dead Souls" as "a fable that lies nearer to poetry than to ordinary prose fiction."

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Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94) is the author of many works of fiction including 'Kidnapped', 'Treasure Island', 'The Weir of Hermiston', and poetry. Robert Mighall has edited 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' for Penguin Classics and is the author of 'A Geography of Victorian Gothic Fiction' (1999).

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