The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Classic Starts Series)

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Classic Starts Series)

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Overview

A single person—but with two personalities: one that’s noble and kind and another that’s pure, repulsive evil. Robert Louis Stevenson’s engrossing masterpiece about the dual nature of man—and a good doctor whose thirst for knowledge has tragic consequences—serves up all the suspense and satisfying chills one expects from the best horror and science fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402726675
Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
Publication date: 03/28/2006
Series: Classic Starts® Series
Edition description: Modern Retelling
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 46,411
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)
Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 9 Years

About the Author

Novelist, poet, and essayist Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. A sickly child, Stevenson was an invalid for part of his childhood and remained in ill health throughout his life. He began studying engineering at Edinburgh University but soon switched to law. His true inclination, however, was for writing. For several years after completing his studies, Stevenson traveled on the Continent, gathering ideas for his writing. His Inland Voyage (1878) and Travels with a Donkey (1878) describe some of his experiences there. A variety of essays and short stories followed, most of which were published in magazines. It was with the publication of Treasure Island in 1883, however, that Stevenson achieved wide recognition and fame. This was followed by his most successful adventure story, Kidnapped, which appeared in 1886. With stories such as Treasure Island and Kidnapped, Stevenson revived Daniel Defoe's novel of romantic adventure, adding to it psychological analysis. While these stories and others, such as David Balfour and The Master of Ballantrae (1889), are stories of adventure, they are at the same time fine studies of character. The Master of Ballantrae, in particular, is a study of evil character, and this study is taken even further in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886). In 1887 Stevenson and his wife, Fanny, went to the United States, first to the health spas of Saranac Lake, New York, and then on to the West Coast. From there they set out for the South Seas in 1889. Except for one trip to Sidney, Australia, Stevenson spent the remainder of his life on the island of Samoa with his devoted wife and stepson. While there he wrote The Wrecker (1892), Island Nights Entertainments (1893), and Catriona (1893), a sequel to Kidnapped. He also worked on St. Ives and The Weir of Hermiston, which many consider to be his masterpiece. He died suddenly of apoplexy, leaving both of these works unfinished. Both were published posthumously; St. Ives was completed by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, and The Weir of Hermiston was published unfinished. Stevenson was buried on Samoa, an island he had come to love very much. Although Stevenson's novels are perhaps more accomplished, his short stories are also vivid and memorable. All show his power of invention, his command of the macabre and the eerie, and the psychological depth of his characterization.

Date of Birth:

November 13, 1850

Date of Death:

December 3, 1894

Place of Birth:

Edinburgh, Scotland

Place of Death:

Vailima, Samoa

Education:

Edinburgh University, 1875

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Classic Starts Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this book. It is scary in some parts but is great over all. Anyone under the age of 10 shouldn't read this book. But besides that it is pretty good book about a man finds a wy to split the good and evil in him to to diffrent beings while still being one. Hard to describe but after you read it you will get what I am saying. You should read this book!
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Scary and scary good ! Love it !
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brjmm More than 1 year ago
I loved this story as a child and have now introduced my son to it. He found it engaging and thrilling. He was not familiar with this story prior to reading it. Robert Louis Stevenson always provides the reader with amazing character descriptions and a superb story. A classic that should not be forgotten.
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