Edinburgh University Press is delighted to announce a new scholarly edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's popular novel, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. First published as a 'shilling shocker' it became an instant classic in 1886. The protagonist lives a double-life, by day working as a respectable doctor and by night roaming the back alleys of old-town London. In the first six months of publication 40,000 copies were sold, and it remains one of the best tales ever written about the divided self. This new edition contains a substantial introduction, with the story of composition (amid difficulties), first publication and early reception. A survey of the main critical interpretations is followed by a brief study of its language and an overview of important derivative works: stage plays, films, comic books, graphic novels, and retellings of various kinds. Key Features: *The most complete, scholarly edition of Jekyll and Hyde-with full introduction, notes, etc.*The story of the composition and publication reveals new details of interest to RLS biographers*Summarizes the various critical approaches to Jekyll and Hyde*Explanatory notes cover archaic and Scots language, the origins and meanings of characters' names, and comment on cultural and literary allusions.
About the Author
Richard Dury is associate professor at the University of Bergamo, Italy