Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Secret Sharer, and Transformation: Three Tales of Doubles, A Longman Cultural Edition

Robert Louis Stevenson / Joseph Conrad / Mary J Shelley / Susan J. Wolfson / Barry V. Qualls  
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February 2008
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From Longman's Cultural Editions series, edited by Susan Wolfson and Barry Qualls, come three tales of transformation: Mary Shelley's Transformation, Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Joseph Conrad's The Secret Sharer.


Handsomely produced and affordably priced, the Longman Cultural Editions series presents classic works in provocative and illuminating contexts-cultural, critical, and literary. Each Cultural Edition consists of the complete texts of these important literary works, reliably edited, headed inviting introductions, and supplemented by helpful annotations; a table of dates to track composition, publication, and public reception in relation to biographical, cultural and historical events; and a guide for further inquiry and study.



  • In these three semi-nightmarish tales, an uncanny other turns out to be a second self, a sharer of intimate anxieties, repressed energies, dark impulses. 
  • Illuminated by materials ranging from Shelley's poetry, Darwin's confrontation with strange aliens in South America, Stevenson's writing on dreams, and Conrad's writing on fiction, as well as reviews and critical reactions, this volume will fascinate students of psychology, fiction, and the darker precincts of nineteenth-century literary imagination.

Table of Contents


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


        Keywords: Strange and Case


        Poetry 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 of 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 


Max 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 Notes" 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    


Further Reading and Viewing 


Back Cover

Robert Louis Stevenson, Susan J. Wolfson and Barry W. Qualls

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde / The Secret Sharer


A Longman Cultural Edition



Editors:  Susan J. Wolfson and Barry W. Qualls

General Series Editor:  Susan J. Wolfson


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Susan J. Wolfson is professor of English at Princeton University. In addition to this present volume, her editorial work includes  Felicia Hemans (Princeton UP, 2000) and the Longman Cultural Edition of John Keats.  With Claudia Johnson, she is coeditor of the Longman Cultural Edition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. With Peter Manning, she is coeditor of the Romantics volume in The Longman Anthology of British Literature, and Selected Poems of Lord Byron (Penguin, 2005).  Her critical books include the prize-winning Formal Charges: The Shaping of Poetry in British Romanticism (Stanford UP, 1997) and Borderlines: The Shiftings of Gender in British Romanticism (Stanford UP, 2007). 

Barry V. Qualls is the author of The Secular Pilgrims: The Novel as Book of Life (Cambridge), and of articles and reviews on 19th-Century English Literature and on the Bible and its literary impact.   His teaching interests focus on Victorian fiction and on biblical literatures.  At Rutgers, he is Vice President of Undergraduate Education; earlier he served as Dean of Humanities for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and as Chair of the Department of English.