The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis StevensonSeller Rating:. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. An attractive copy in the publisher's original green cloth. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning with minor wear to the boards.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Utterson the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty, dreary and yet somehow lovable. At friendly meetings, and when the wine was to his taste, something eminently human beaconed from his eye; something indeed which never found its way into his talk, but which spoke not only in these silent symbols of the after-dinner face, but more often and loudly in the acts of his life. He was austere with himself; drank gin when he was alone, to mortify a taste for vintages; and though he enjoyed the theatre, had not crossed the doors of one for twenty years. But he had an approved tolerance for others; sometimes wondering, almost with envy, at the high pressure of spirits involved in their misdeeds; and in any extremity inclined to help rather than to reprove. And to such as these, so long as they came about his chambers, he never marked a shade of change in his demeanour. No doubt the feat was easy to Mr. Utterson; for he was undemonstrative at the best, and even his friendship seemed to be founded in a similar catholicity of good-nature.
The novella's impact is such that it has become a part of the language, with the phrase "Jekyll and Hyde" entering the vernacular to refer to people with an unpredictably dual nature: usually very good , but sometimes shockingly evil. Stevenson had long been intrigued by the idea of how human personalities can affect how to incorporate the interplay of good and evil into a story. While still a teenager, he developed a script for a play about Deacon Brodie , which he later reworked with the help of W. Henley and which was produced for the first time in In the small hours of one morning,[ Thinking he had a nightmare, I awakened him.
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is the original title of a novella written by I expected the book to be told from Dr. Jekyll's point of view but I really liked.
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The story is about the respectable Dr Jekyll and his curious relationship with the violent and detestable Mr Hyde. He was cared for by his wife Fanny, who helped as a frequent reader and critic of his work. They also sometimes wrote together. Stevenson claimed that the original story, in which Jekyll is purely evil, came to him in a dream, which he wrote down after he woke up. Fanny believed there were opportunities in the plot to explore the idea that there is latent evil in everyone, and so Stevenson burned the original manuscript and feverishly rewrote it in three to six days, polishing it afterwards for publication. However, there is evidence Stevenson had been reading scientific reports of cases of dual and multiple mentality, which may also have influenced him.