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This University of Nebraska Press edition is a small, exquisitely produced paperback. The book design, based on the original first edition of 1886, includes wide margins, decorative capitals on the title page and first page of each chapter, and a clean, readable font that is 19th-century in style. Joyce Carol Oates contributes a foreword in which she calls Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde a "mythopoetic figure" like Frankenstein, Dracula, and Alice in Wonderland, and compares Stevenson's creation to doubled selves in the works of Plato, Poe, Wilde, and Dickens.
This edition also features 12 full-page wood engravings by renowned illustrator Barry Moser. Moser is a skillful reader and interpreter as well as artist, and his afterword to the book, in which he explains the process by which he chose a self-portrait motif for the suite of engravings, is fascinating. For the image of Edward Hyde, he writes, "I went so far as to have my dentist fit me out with a carefully sculpted prosthetic of evil-looking teeth. But in the final moments I had to abandon the idea as being inappropriate. It was more important to stay in keeping with the text and, like Stevenson, not show Hyde's face." (Also recommended: the edition of Frankenstein illustrated by Barry Moser) --Fiona Webster --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
I picked this for a gift and it was received and enjoyed by my son. He and I enjoyed discussing the story which was presented well in this edition, a thrifty find indeed which will... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jim MacKinnon
decent book but not very engaging. you spend about 7 pages bored then about 3 engaged. decent read however if your bored.Published 3 months ago by elliot wilson
Everyone should read this classic book. There are so many references in life to this book, and also helps one deal with one's demons.Published 12 months ago by shadirocks
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Atty. Mr. Utterson is worried, as the keeper of Dr Henry Jekyll's will. The will gives everything to Edward Hyde incase of Henry's death or disappearance. Mr. Read morePublished on July 17 2010 by bernie
This book really provides an interesting insight on the duality of man. This novel really is short and sweet, I read it very quickly, but enjoyed every single word. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2009 by Brian Murphy
Quite short story, but one of the best Ive read of RLS. Last book he wrote before he died I think....
Great story, great fast read..
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This book is less of a gripping story and more of a thought-provoking read. Stevenson could have written a much longer story following Jekyll and Hyde, a story that was more... Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by Brendan
I've never read a novel or novella where there is so little of actual story as there is Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde; where there is so little done with such an amazing idea. Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by B. M. White