One of the fun — but also challenging — aspects of teaching at a liberal-arts college is that over the years you end up teaching many different courses. Which means that you end up reading many different books. So after having taught many surveys of the major Western traditions in literature, plus courses in classical literature, Renaissance and seventeenth-century literature, the novel as a genre, the essay as a genre, twentieth-century British literature, African literature, and the literature of modern India, along with many special-topics seminars — well, I’ve covered a good deal of territory in my twenty-eight years of teaching. But until last week I had never read The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde.
Let me tell you, friends, that’s one great story. But most of you probably know that. . . .