The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  

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Dr Jekyll has discovered the ultimate drug. A chemical that can turn him into something else. Suddenly, he can unleash his cruelties in the guise of the sinister Hyde. Transforming himself at will, he roams the streets of London as his monstrous alter-ego. It seems he is master of his fate. But soon he discovers his double life at a hideous price.

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The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Dr Jekyll has discovered the ultimate drug. A chemical that can turn him into something else. Suddenly, he can unleash his cruelties in the guise of the sinister Hyde. Transforming himself at will, he roams the streets of London as his monstrous alter-ego. It seems he is master of his fate. But soon he discovers his double life at a hideous price.

About the Author

Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson was born to Thomas and Margaret Isabella Balfour Stevenson in Edinburgh on 13 November 1850. From the beginning he was sickly. Through much of his childhood he was attended by his faithful nurse, Alison Cunningham, known as Cummy in the family circle. She told him morbid stories about the Covenanters (the Scots Presbyterian martyrs), read aloud to him Victorian penny-serial novels, Bible stories, and the Psalms, and drilled the catechism into him, all with his parents' approval. Thomas Stevenson was quite a storyteller himself, and his wife doted on their only child, sitting in admiration while her precocious son expounded on religious dogma. Stevenson inevitably reacted to the morbidity of his religious education and to the stiffness of his family's middle-class values, but that rebellion would come only after he entered Edinburgh University.

The juvenilia that survives from his childhood shows an observer who was already sensitive to religious issues and Scottish history. Not surprisingly, the boy who listened to Cummy's religious tales first tried his hand at retelling Bible stories: "A History of Moses" was followed by "The Book of Joseph." When Stevenson was sixteen his family published a pamphlet he had written entitled The Pentland Rising, a recounting of the murder of Nonconformist Scots Presbyterians who rebelled against their royalist persecutors.

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Paperback (a Format)

Author

Robert Louis Stevenson
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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

26th January 2006

ISBN

9780141439730

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