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Hardcover In Search of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Book

ISBN: 1580631576

ISBN13: 9781580631570

In Search of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

In modern literature only a few stories are so haunting that their characters seem never to die. Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the equal of Dracula, Frankenstein, and the tales of Edgar Allen Poe and Franz Kafka. The frightening account of the urbane doctor who turns into a homicidal madman was an immediate success. It sold an unprecedented million copies before the turn of the twentieth century.To this day,...

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The Strange Caes of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

This is a good novel. It is an in depth look into our fascinations with the darkside. I liked it because it was an interesting mystery. It also had some thrills to it. It isn't to long either. I also like the epistolary structure of the novel. This means you read a chapterthat describes events and their consequences, and then, in a subsequent chapter, the person most closely concerned in those events tells his story by means of a letter read by us and several other characters. This book keeps you captivated it get overly boring at times and make you feel like you have to struggle to get through this book. I enjoyed reading this book eventhough I had to read it for school. I also I had to do this review. All in all I would recomend this book for anyone who likes a good mystery slash horror book, or to anyone who wants to get intouch with their darkside.

Interesting, in-depth exploration of a common archetype

Saw Dr. McNally on TV discussing society's fascination with the "evil within". Great book, well-paced yet in-depth enough to satisfy the thoughtful reader. The chapters tracing the common theme of the two sides of humanity through the movies and media were particularly eye-opening for me. Also, the exploration of Robert Louis Stevenson's evolution of the story was fascinating. Great writer- will have to pick up the Dracula books now!!

Another classic!

This book is a great companion piece to the author's earlier studies of the historical Dracula. For anyone who is a student of literature or of Stevenson in particlar, this is a great resource. I had the good fortune to take one of Prof. McNally's classes, and thus be exposed to his work. They provide a well-researched historical context and examination of the origins of these Victorian classics.If you haven't read any of McNally/Florescu's previous works on Dracula, do so now and pick this one up while you are at it. For anyone who is fan of Dracula or Jeckyll/Hyde, the two Dracula books and the Stevenson study are "must haves". Stop reading my review, and go buy the damn books!

Very Biographical

This book begins with a historical account of the life and crimes of Deacon Brodie, a Scottish criminal from the 18th century who occupied the imagination of Robert Luis Stevenson and inspired the book The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I found the details of this section to be a little boring, but that is only chapter 1. The book goes on to give a biography of Stevenson, who lead a very interesting life. The book examines Stevenson's family life and personal philosophies and reveals how they are reflected in his greatest story. Finally, the book is summed up with a history of how this story has been presented differently through the decades in plays and movies. It is a very interesting book, very factual. I really enjoyed it, but was surprised by it's content. I was expecting more of an examination of the elements of the story, and less biographical material.
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