The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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FOREWORD

Joyce Carol Oates

Like such mythopoetic figures as Frankenstein, Dracula, and, even, Alice ("in Wonderland"), Dr.-Jekyll-and-Mr.-Hyde has become, in the century following the publication of Robert Louis Stevenson's famous novella, what might be called an autonomous creation. That is, people who have never read the novella--people who do not in fact "read" at all--know by way of popular culture who Jekyll-Hyde is. (Though they are apt to speak of him, not altogether accurately, as two disparate beings: Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde.) A character out of prose fiction, Jekyll-Hyde seems nonetheless autogenetic in the way that vampires and werewolves and (more benignly) fairies seem autogenetic: surely he has always existed in the collective imagina

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  • Title Page *
  • Table of Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Story of the Door 1
  • Search for Mr. Hyde 17
  • Dr. Jekyll Was Quite at Ease 35
  • The Carew Murder Case 43
  • Incident of the Letter 53
  • Remarkable Incident Of Dr. Lanyon 65
  • Incident at the Window 75
  • The Last Night 79
  • Dr. Lanyon's Narrative 105
  • Henry Jekyll's - Full Statement of the Case 121
  • Afterword 161
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