Linda Dryden’s The Modern Gothic and Literary Doubles: Stevenson, Wilde and Wells

I really enjoyed this absolutely fascinating masterpiece of a book. Its particular achievement is to highlight that the dark and sinister dualities of the late nineteenth-century city itself (London, as centre of the Empire) are thoroughly encoded in Gothic works of the period. It explores key contemporary scandals including the Ripper murders and child sexual exploitation by the upper classes, and elucidates their significant impact on the writing of Stevenson, Wilde and Wells, and many more.  As a side note, I really love how on the cover of the edition I have (pictured, the image being from a 1962 edition of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde) ), the two sets of eyes mirror one another in their relative size and shape.

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