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Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde : Norton Critical Editions - Robert Louis Stevenson

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Norton Critical Editions

Paperback Published: 7th January 2003
ISBN: 9780393974652
Number Of Pages: 240

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"Backgrounds and Contexts" includes a wealth of materials on the tale's publication history as well as its relevance to Victorian culture. Twelve of Stevenson's letters from the years 1885-87 are excerpted, along with his essay "A Chapter on Dreams," in which he comments on the plot's origin. Ten contemporary responses--including those by Julia Wedgwood, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Henry James--illustrate Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde's initial reception. Stevenson's 1885 tale "Markheim," a precursor to Jekyll and Hyde and a window onto the Victorian sensation market, is reprinted in its entirety in this Norton Critical Edition. Karl Miller, Jenni Calder, and Judith Halberstam discuss literary genres central to Jekyll and Hyde. Four scientific essays--including one by Stephen Jay Gould--elucidate Victorian conceptions of atavism, multiple-personality disorder, narcotics addiction, and sexual aberration. Judith R. Walkowitz and Walter Houghton consider the implications of Victorian moral conformity and political disunity for society at large.

"Performance Adaptations" addresses--in writings by C. Alex Pinkston, Jr., Charles King, and Scott Allen Nollen--the many ways in which Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been dramatized over more than a century and explores its status as a perpetually effective vehicle for changing psychological and social concerns. A checklist of major performance adaptions is provided, along with a sampler of publicity photos.

"Criticism" includes essays by G. K. Chesterton, Vladimir Nabokov, Peter K. Garrett, Patrick Brantlinger, and Katherine Linehan that center on the tale's major themes of morality, allegory, and self-alienation.

A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.

List of Illustrations
The Text of Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hydep. 1
Backgrounds and Contextsp. 75
Composition and Production
[Summary of Composition and Early Reception]p. 77
Selected Lettersp. 80
To Sidney Colvin, Late September/early October 1885p. 80
To his Wife, c. October 20, 1885p. 81
To Andrew Lang, Early December 1885p. 81
To Katharine de Mattos, January 1, 1886p. 81
To Will H. Low, January 2, 1886p. 82
To F. W. H. Myers, c. February 23, 1886p. 82
To J. R. Vernon, February 25, 1886p. 83
To Edward Purcell, February 27, 1886p. 83
To F. W. H. Myers, March 1, 1886p. 84
To John Addington Symonds, Early March 1886p. 85
To Thomas Russell Sullivan, c. January 27, 1887p. 85
To John Paul Bocock, c. Mid-November 1887p. 86
The Dream Origin of the Talep. 87
Receptionp. 93
Mr. Stevenson's Originality of Treatmentp. 93
A Mere Bit of Catch-Penny Sensationalismp. 94
The Place of Honourp. 95
Not Merely Strange, but Impossiblep. 95
His Very Original Geniusp. 96
Letter to Robert Louis Stevenson, March 3, 1886p. 98
The Individualizing Influence of Modern Democracyp. 100
Letter to Robert Bridges, October 28, 1886p. 101
The Art of the Presentationp. 101
The Rev Dr. Nicholson on "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"p. 102
"Markheim" and the Victorian Market for Sensation Fictionp. 105
"Markheim"p. 105
How I Came to Be Such a Student of Our Penny Pressp. 122
Literary Contexts: Doubles, Devils, and Monstersp. 124
The Modern Doublep. 124
Stevenson's Scottish Devil Talesp. 126
An Introduction to Gothic Monstrosityp. 128
Scientific Contexts: Conception of the Divided Selfp. 132
Post-Darwinist Theories of the Ape Withinp. 132
Multiplex Personalityp. 134
Abject Slaves to the Narcoticp. 136
This Aberrant Inclination in Myselfp. 138
Sociohistorical Contexts: Political Disunity and Moral Conformityp. 141
London in the 1880sp. 141
Hypocrisyp. 146
Performance Adaptationsp. 150
The Stage Premiere of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hydep. 152
Themes and Variationsp. 156
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Paramount, 1931)p. 163
A Checklist of Major Performance Adaptationsp. 170
Criticismp. 181
The Real Stab of the Storyp. 183
A Phenomenon of Stylep. 184
Instabilities of Meaning, Morality, and Narrationp. 189
An Unconscious Allegory about the Masses and Mass Literacyp. 197
Sex, Secrecy and Self-Alienation in Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hydep. 204
Robert Louis Stevenson: A Chronologyp. 215
Selected Bibliographyp. 221
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ISBN: 9780393974652
ISBN-10: 0393974650
Series: Norton Critical Editions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 7th January 2003
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.0  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1