Jekyll and Hyde/the Secret Sharer/ Transformation Three Tales of Doubles

ISBN-10: 0321415612

ISBN-13: 9780321415615

Edition: 2009

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From Longmans Cultural Editions series, come three tales of transformation: Mary Shelleyrsquo;sTransformation,Robert Louis Stevensonrsquo;sStrange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hydeand Joseph Conradrsquo;sThe Secret Sharer.nbsp; In these three nightmarish tales an uncanny other turns out to be a second self, a sharer of intimate anxieties, repressed energies, dark impulses.nbsp;
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List price: $17.60
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 255
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594

Joseph Conrad is recognized as one of the 20th century's greatest English language novelists. He was born Jozef Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski on December 3, 1857, in the Polish Ukraine. His father, a writer and translator, was from Polish nobility, but political activity against Russian oppression led to his exile. Conrad was orphaned at a young age and subsequently raised by his uncle. At 17 he went to sea, an experience that shaped the bleak view of human nature which he expressed in his fiction. In such works as Lord Jim (1900), Youth (1902), and Nostromo (1904), Conrad depicts individuals thrust by circumstances beyond their control into moral and emotional dilemmas. His novel Heart of Darkness (1902), perhaps his best known and most influential work, narrates a literal journey to the center of the African jungle. This novel inspired the acclaimed motion picture Apocalypse Now. After the publication of his first novel, Almayer's Folly (1895), Conrad gave up the sea. He produced thirteen novels, two volumes of memoirs, and twenty-eight short stories. He died on August 3, 1924, in England.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born in England on August 30, 1797. Her parents were two celebrated liberal thinkers, William Godwin, a social philosopher, and Mary Wollstonecraft, a women's rights advocate. Eleven days after Mary's birth, her mother died of puerperal fever. Four motherless years later, Godwin married Mary Jane Clairmont, bringing her and her two children into the same household with Mary and her half-sister, Fanny. Mary's idolization of her father, his detached and rational treatment of their bond, and her step-mother's preference for her own children created a tense and awkward home. Mary's education and free-thinking were encouraged, so it should not surprise us today that at the age of sixteen she ran off with the brilliant, nineteen-year old and unhappily married Percy Bysshe Shelley. Shelley became her ideal, but their life together was a difficult one. Traumas plagued them: Shelley's wife and Mary's half-sister both committed suicide; Mary and Shelley wed shortly after he was widowed but social disapproval forced them from England; three of their children died in infancy or childhood; and while Shelley was an aristocrat and a genius, he was also moody and had little money. Mary conceived of her magnum opus, Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, when she was only nineteen when Lord Byron suggested they tell ghost stories at a house party. The resulting book took over two years to write and can be seen as the brilliant creation of a powerful but tormented mind. The story of Frankenstein has endured nearly two centuries and countless variations because of its timeless exploration of the tension between our quest for knowledge and our thirst for good. Shelley drowned when Mary was only 24, leaving her with an infant and debts. Mary died in 1851 at the age of 54 from a brain tumor.

Susan J. Wolfson is a professor of English at Princeton University and author of many essays on and editions of Romantic-era writers. Her books include The Questioning Presence; Formal Charges: The Shaping of Poetry in British Romanticism; and, most recently, Borderlines: The Shiftings of Gender in British Romanticism.

List of Illustrations
About Longman Cultural Editions
About This Edition
Table of Dates
Mary Shelley and Transformation
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley 1797-1851
From "Introduction" to Frankenstein (1831)
Charles Darwin
From The Voyage of the Beagle (1839): "Tierra del Fuego"
From The Descent of Man (1871): "General Summary and Conclusion"
Robert Louis Stevenson and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson 1850-1894
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Key Words: Strange and Case
From A Child's Garden of Verses
Young Night Thought
Windy Nights
Escape at Bedtime
The Land of Nod
A Good Boy
Shadow March
The Unseen Playmate
My Shadow
The Dumb Soldier
The Land of Story-Books
A Chapter on Dreams
Letters (with a reply from J. A. Symonds)
Robert Louis Stevenson and his friends on The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Critical Reactions to The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Max Simon Nordau
From Degeneration (1895)
Joseph Conrad and The Secret Sharer
Joseph Conrad 1857-1924
The Secret Sharer
Joseph Conrad's Letters on The Secret Sharer
From "Author's Note" on "the basic fact of the tale" ('Twixt Land and Sea 1920)
Joseph Conrad on the art of fiction from Henry James, An Appreciation
From "Author's Note" (1920) to The Shadow Line
Reviews of The Secret Sharer in 'Twixt Land and Sea
Further Reading and Viewing
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