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Middlemarch: An Authoritative Text, Backgrounds, Reviews and Criticism (A Norton Critical Edition)
Bert G. Hornback, George Eliot
The Magic Mountain
Thomas Mann, John E. Woods
Love in the Time of Cholera
Gabriel García Márquez
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: A Norton Critical Edition - Robert Louis Stevenson, Katherine B. Linehan The text itself is a work of art of the highest order, but this is one of the weakest Norton Criticals--very thin, light on interpretive essays and contextual materials, but including a relatively large proportion of items about the narrative in theatre & cinema--which has some intrinsic interest as well as being useful data for a reception aesthetics, but which should not have been placed herein if they were forced to limit the volume to 210 pages (compare, however, the Norton Critical *Heart of Darkness*, a text of similar length, but housed in a 500+ pages volume).

The supplemental materials provided (literary & scientific contextual readings as well as five professional essays) are decent enough. Much of it takes Stevenson's silly theological insistences too seriously--as if "good" and "evil" were somehow significant outside of mythology--but here much of the debate has focused on same, and whereas the text offers superior fare for hermeneutical appetites.

Definitely a necessary classic of Victorian literature and one part of the foundational core of speculative fiction.