Deacon Brodie or The Double Life: A Melodrama in Five Acts and Eight Tableaux.
Publisher: Edinburgh: T. and A. Constable, Edinburgh University Press, 1888.
Edition: Second edition, revised, unpublished.
Bibliographical References: On the front wrapper is printed "TO BE RETURNED / to W. E. Henley / Merton Place / Chiswick/ London." Beinecke 59; NCBEL III, 1005.
Condition: Wrappers a little soiled and worn; very good copy.
Book Id: 20146
8vo, original printed wrappers, 88 pages.
¶ The first two editions of Deacon Brodie were printed for private circulation only. It was not until 1892 that it was published for public distribution by David Nutt, together with two other plays written in collaboration by Henley and Stevenson. Deacon Brodie, an early work by both authors (it preceded Henley's first book), is based on the story of Deacon William Brodie (1741-1788), an Edinburgh Town Councilman and respected member of the community who led a double life - one of public service and another of crime. Brodie's real double life was the inspiration for the fictional Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.