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Book Title: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Weir of Hermiston|
The author of the book: Robert Louis Stevenson
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.71 MB
Edition: Oxford University Press
Date of issue: June 18th 1987
ISBN 13: 9780192817402
Read full description of the books Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Weir of Hermiston:Ah, the nineteenth century - when sentences rolled off the tongue and bachelors had dastardly fun. Stevenson wrote this "sparsely-printed shilling novel" (as The Times called it) in 1886; a bit after Dickens, a touch before Conan Doyle. As soon as I sat down with it, I felt as if I was slipping onto the chaise longue with a great storyteller, ready for psychoanalysis by proxy.
Two things I liked about this book: its structure and its treatment of theme. Structurally, it builds to a finale by the final two chapters being contained in letters found at the scene. They take us from a gentlemanly third person narrative right into the thick of things. It creates an extra suspense, like a locked box in a ghoulish conjuring trick. Thematically, Stevenson engages with a universal fear about our ability to control our urges while keeping the nature of the beast discreetly unnamed. It releases anyone who's ever had an impure or guilty thought - that's you too! - to empathise with Jekyll's predicament.
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Read information about the authorRobert Louis Balfour Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of 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 literature. It is only recently that critics have begun to look beyond Stevenson's popularity and allow him a place in the Western canon.
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