The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was published as a "schilling shocker" in 1886, and became an instant classic—even read by Queen Victoria. Inspired by three specific scenes in a dream Stevenson had (including one in which Mr. Hyde takes a powder and transforms right before the eyes of his pursuers), the story follows Dr. Jekyll, by day a respectable doctor, who by night roams the back alleys of London as a monstrous criminal.
This book is still considered one of best stories ever written about the complexity of the divided self—the good and the evil sides of humankind. With fascinating insights into early concepts and philosophies of psychology as well as Victorian values and repressions, it is also a remarkable snapshot of its time. This edition of the enduringly popular tale, with striking illustrations and extended captions unique to the Whole Story, provides background information modern readers could otherwise access only though a broad range of supplemental research. This distinctive approach places Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde within the context of its era, bringing it vividly to life.
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