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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales by Robert Louis Stevenson

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By Robert Louis Stevenson

'Instantly the spirit of hell woke up in me and raged...I was once all of sudden struck throughout the middle by way of a chilly thrill of terror.'

Stevenson's brief novel, released in 1886, grew to become an speedy vintage. It used to be a Gothic horror that originated in a feverish nightmare, whose hallucinatory atmosphere within the murky again streets of London gripped a state mesmerized via crime and violence. The good doctor's mysterious dating along with his disreputable affiliate is eventually published in a single of the main unique and exciting endings in English literature.

In addition to Jekyll and Hyde, this variation additionally contains a variety of brief tales and essays written through Stevenson within the Eighteen Eighties, minor masterpieces of fiction and remark: 'The physique Snatcher', 'Markheim', and 'Olalla' characteristic grave-robbing, a sinister double, and degeneracy, whereas 'A bankruptcy on Dreams' and 'A Gossip on Romance' speak about inventive production and the 'romance' shape. Appendixes supply extracts from modern writings on character disease, which set Stevenson's story in its complete ancient context.

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He is nursed by his brother William and William舗s wife, Alice, and the three return to North America. William, also ill, dies shortly thereafter. James visits New York, where he receives psychiatric care. 1911 In August he returns to England. 1914 James begins work on two novels, The Ivory Tower and The Sense of the Past, which he will not complete before his death. 1915 James舗s health deteriorates. He becomes a British subject. 1916 On New Year舗s Day he receives the Order of Merit. On February 28 Henry James dies.

James made no substantive textual changes in the New York Edition of Wings comparable, for example, to what he did with The Portrait of a Lady, in which he made significant alterations, including most notably changes in the novel舗s ending, or with some of the other works that he drastically revised. In Wings, in addition to correcting mistakes, he sharpened the language of the text, by substituting more active and concrete images, and made his symbols more truly poetic. This Barnes & Noble Classics edition is based on the 1909 New York Edition and incorporates a small number of additional editorial changes made by subsequent scholars.

In demonstrating the force of her character by showing how she affects the others, James dramatizes her the more, just as he does with the figure of Mrs. Newsome in The Ambassadors (who never actually appears in the novel). Milly舗s presence is powerfully felt even in her absence. She animates the other characters; they are at first preoccupied with trying to figure her out and then they scheme to use her for their own purposes. Her seeming victimhood is demonstrated by the way the others constantly plot behind her back.

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