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Stevenson's famous exploration of humanity's basest capacity for evil, "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," has become synonymous with the idea of a split personality. More than a morality tale, this dark psychological fantasy is also a product of its time, drawing on contemporary theories of class, evolution, criminality, and secret lives. Also in this volume are "T...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published July 14th 2006 by Ann Arbor Media
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Fred
It's not difficult to see why the book would have become a classic, or at least a classic idea, but I think a lot has been lost by that idea becoming so well entrenched in popular culture. *We* know that Dr. Jekyll is Mr. Hyde, so the story can seem more than a little tedious when it's so slow to reveal that. So it's an incredible and powerful idea -- the split personality, the dual nature of man -- but no longer much of a story.
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Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of Neo-romanticism in English literature. He was greatly admired by many authors, including Jorge Luis Borges, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling and Vladimir Nabokov.

Most modernist writers dismissed him, however, because he was popular and did not write within their narrow definition of...more
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