First published in 1886 as a "shilling shocker," Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde takes the basic struggle between good and evil and adds to the mix bourgeois respectability, urban violence, and class conflict. The result is a tale that has taken on the force of myth in the popular imagination. This Broadview edition provides a fascinating selection of contextual material, including contemporary reviews of the novel, Stevenson's essay "A Chapter on Dreams," and excerpts from the 1887 stage version of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Also included are historical documents on criminality and degeneracy, the "Jack the Ripper" murders, and London in the 1880s.
New to this second edition are an updated critical introduction and, in the appendices, writings on Victorian psychology by Thomas Carlyle, Richard Krafft-Ebing, and Henry Maudsley, among others.
"Martin Danahay's edition of Jekyll and Hyde is a treasure-trove of biographical, cultural, and historical materials. It makes a number of important contexts for interpretation available through its accessible but intriguing assemblage of ancillary documents. It cannot fail to be the inspiration for deeper investigations of a masterpiece that is itself at the crossroads of Victorian anxieties about sex, class, psychology, evolution, and the rise of popular culture." - John Kucich, University of Michigan
"The appendices to this edition offer the reader a splendid sense of the book’s cultural background. Especially interesting are the selections from nineteenth-century psychology. The discussions concerning the nature of dreaming and the concept of the 'double-brain' add an intriguing dimension to one’s understanding of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde." - Ann C. Colley, SUNY College at Buffalo, author of Robert Louis Stevenson and the Colonial Imagination
"Danahay provides an authoritative text, an excellent introductory commentary, an up to date bibliography, and a well-chosen set of contextualizing appendices. For an in-depth understanding of Stevenson's masterpiece of horror this is the text of choice." - Patrick Brantlinger, Indiana University
"Danahay's edition of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde places that text in a variety of important and enriching contexts, using selections from Stevenson's letters and other relevant works, as well as contemporary reviews and responses (including a Punch parody and an early adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde for the stage). The appendices also connect Stevenson's novel with Victorian thought about psychology, criminality, degeneracy, and urban life. Providing a splendid, brief immersion in late Victorian culture, this edition will be a boon to the classroom or to an individual's private enjoyment of this classic tale." - Gordon Hirsch, University of Minnesota
"Martin Danahay's edition justifies our on-going admiration for this masterpiece of English literature. The appendices offer students and scholars alike interesting and important insights into the cultural context of the novel." - Patricia O'Neill, Hamilton College, Clinton
"Martin Danahay's new edition of the Robert Louis Stevenson horror fantasy classic (first published in 1886) sets this seminal, influential work firmly in the context out of which it emerged. The many appendices include a range of contemporary reactions to the novel; a selection of Victorian views on criminality and degeneracy; descriptions of Soho and London's West End in the 1880s; and a portfolio of newspaper accounts of and reaction to the 'Jack the Ripper' murders. This scholarly edition of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is highly recommended for personal and academic library collections and literary studies reading lists." - Midwest Book Review