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Robert Louis Stevenson originally wrote Jekyll and Hyde as the darkly complex tale it still is today Stark skilfully woven this fascinating novella explores the curious turnings of human character through the strange case of Dr Jekyll a kindly scientist who by night takes on his stunted evil self Mr Hyde Anticipating modern psychology Jekyll and Hyde is a brilliantly original study of mans dual nature - as well as an immortal tale of suspense and terror First published in 1886 Jekyll and Hyde was an instant success and brought Stevenson his first taste of fame Though sometimes dismissed as a mere mystery story the book has evoked much literary admirations and some likened the novella as a fable that lies nearer to poetry than to ordinary prose fiction Gothic horror was growing in popularity in the 19th century and this included Jekyll and Hyde along with several other novels with the gothic horror theme For example the Gothic phenomenon in popular culture consisted of Bram Stokers novel Dracula Mary Shellys novel Frankenstein and Stephen Kings novel The Dark Half and his more recent short novel Secret Window Most of these novels were written before Jekyll and Hyde and so were consequently very likely to have influenced Stevenson slightly whilst he wrote his short story Stephen King still acquires success from the genre in the present day as the desire from readers for a traditional horror novel still exists thanks to the perpetual interest in the mysterious unexplained and impossible themes that is always incorporated into this type of novel Even today this classic Victorian mystery story consistently ensnares new readers Yet most people these days are aware of the eventual outcome of the story and sometimes despite the fact that they have never read the novel nor seen any other adaptation of the original plot they nonetheless know the basic idea which is raised - the possibility that every human has a good
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