'Instantly the spirit of hell awoke in me and raged...I was
suddenly struck through the heart by a cold thrill of terror.'
Stevenson's short novel, published in 1886, became an instant
classic. It was a Gothic horror that originated in a feverish
nightmare, whose hallucinatory setting in the murky back streets of
London gripped a nation mesmerized by crime and violence. The
respectable doctor's mysterious relationship with his disreputable
associate is finally revealed in one of the most original and
thrilling endings in English literature. In addition to Jekyll and
Hyde, this edition also includes a number of short stories and
essays written by Stevenson in the 1880s, minor masterpieces of
fiction and comment: 'The Body Snatcher', 'Markheim', and 'Olalla'
feature grave-robbing, a sinister double, and degeneracy, while 'A
Chapter on Dreams' and 'A Gossip on Romance' discuss artistic
creation and the 'romance' form. Appendixes provide extracts from
contemporary writings on personality disorder, which set
Stevenson's tale in its full historical context.