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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is the original title of a novella written by the famous Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson that was first published in 1886 The work is commonly known today as The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, or simply Jekyll Hyde It is about a London lawyer named John Gabriel Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde.

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  1. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    It came about that Edward Hyde was so much smaller, slighter, and younger than Henry Jekyll Even as good shone upon the countenance of the one, evil was written broadly and plainly on the face of the other Evil besides which I must still believe to be the lethal side of man had left on that body an imprint of deformity and decay And yet when I looked upon that ugly idol in the glass, I was conscious of no repugnance rather of a leap of welcome This too, was myself Richard Mansfield was mostly known for his dual role depicted in this double exposure The stage adaptation opened in London in 1887, a year after the publication of the novella Picture 1895.Dr Henry Jekyll is a brilliant man who in the course of trying to understand the human psyche has turned himself, with tragic results, into a guinea pig for his experiments He has unleashed a power from within that is turning out to be too formidable to be properly contained This book was released in 1886 and at first none of the bookshop wanted to carry the book because of the subject matter, but a positive review had people flocking to the stores to read this sinister tale of hubris overcoming reason The American first edition is the true first edition because it preceded the London edition by three daysThe timing was perfect for releasing such a tale The Victorian society was struggling with the morality that had been imposed upon them by the previous generation They were embracing vice Many men of means living in London now found themselves hearing the siren song of pleasures available on the East End They could be as naughty as they wanted and safely leave their depravity on that side of town before they return to the respectable bosom of their family and careers They were struggling with the dual natures of their existences The thunder of the church and the faces of their sweet families made them feel guilty for their need to drink gin in decrepit pubs, smoke opiates in dens of inequity, consort with underage whores, and run the very real risk of being robbed by cutthroats This walk on the wild side also allowed them the privilege of feeling completely superior to all those beings providing their means of entertainment Jekyll as it turns out is no different He relishes the adventures of his other persona even as he feels the mounting horror of losing control of this other self he calls Mr Edward Hyde Further, his creation has no loyalty My two natures had memory in common, but all other faculties were most unequally shared between them Jekyll who was composite now with the most sensitive apprehensions, now with a greedy gusto, projected and shared in the pleasures and adventures of Hyde but Hyde was indifferent to Jekyll, or but remembered him as the mountain bandit remembers the cavern in which he conceals himself from pursuit Spencer Tracy plays Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in 1941.Unfortunately indifference becomes personal, brutal in nature, as Hyde becomes and a caged animal who does not want to have to embrace the pretenses of Jekyll s respectable position The hatred of Hyde for Jekyll was of a different order His terror of the gallows drove him continually to commit temporary suicide, and return to his subordinate station of a part instead of a person he loathed the necessity, he loathed the despondency into which Jekyll had fallen, and he resented the dislike which he was himself regarded The tincture that has so far allowed Jekyll to contain Hyde is needing to be doubled and tripled to give Jekyll some modicum of control over his deviant nature Jekyll contacts every apothecary he knows trying to find of the solution he needs only to discover that the original batch that he used to make his grand discovery with must have been tainted with a foreign substance unknown to any of the suppliers This foreign substance, unfortunately, is the ingredient that made the emergence and the restraint of Hyde possible Dire circumstances indeed Men who normally did not read novels were buying this book I believe they were looking for some insight into their own nature maybe even some sympathy for their own urges They made a book that quite possibly could have been thought of as an entertaining gothic novel into an international best seller New generations of readers are still finding this book essential reading Even those that have never read this book know the plot and certainly know the names of Jekyll and Hyde It has inspired numerous movies, mini series, comic books, and plays It could be argued that it is one of the most influential novels on the creative arts It was but a dream Robert Louis Stevenson was stymied for a new idea He was racking his brain hoping for inspiration He had his names for the agents of his dreams, his whimsical alter ego and writing self Stevenson referred to these agents, it pains me to admit, as the little people and the the Brownies His hope was that they would supply him with marketable tales RLSIt came to him in a nightmare that had him screaming loudly enough to wake the whole household It was a gift from the depths of his mind, maybe an acknowledgement of his own dark thoughts, his own darkest desires.He wrote the nightmare down on paper feverishly over ten days When he read the final draft to his wife, Fanny, her reaction was not what he expected She was cold to the tale, completely against publishing such a sensationalized piece of writing They argued, thin skinned to any criticism as most writers are especially when it is a complete repudiation of a piece of writing he was particularly proud of Stevenson, in a moment of rage, tossed the whole manuscript in the fireplace Be still my heart There is no arguing with success of this magnitude, but I can t help but wonder what was in that first draft If there is a criticism of this novel it would be for the restrained nature in which it is presented Did Stevenson just let it all go Did he give us elaborate details of Hyde s excursions Was Jekyll s glee in Hyde s adventures fully explored I understand Stevenson was a fiery Scot given to flights of temper that could only be doused with something as dramatic as throwing 60,000 words into the fire, but how about flinging the pages about the room, and storming away followed by the proper slamming of a door to punctuate displeasure In my mind s eye I can see his stepson, Lloyd Osborne, carefully gathering the pages, scaring himself reading them in the middle of the night, and keeping them for all posterity between the leaves of a writing journal In 1920 John Barry played Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.Stevenson was obsessed with the concept of good and evil We all have a side to our personality that we prefer to keep hidden We all wear masks For now our inner thoughts are still our own, but don t be surprised if the NSA has figured out how to tap in and tape those as well Sometimes wearing the mask becomes arduous Another entity fights to be allowed to roam free We want to be impulsive, self gratifying, slutty, sometimes brutal, but most importantly unfettered by our reputations I wouldn t necessarily call that evil, but there are people who do have true viciousness barely contained and we have to hope they continue to restrain it The Victorians identified with Jekyll Hyde and maybe to know that others are also struggling with doing right without doing wrong certainly made them feel less like an aberration when they next felt the itch for the East End I m sure this book was the source of many fine conversations as they drank their gin and smelled the musky hair of the doxie on their laps The author with his wife and their household in Vailima, Samoa, c 1892 Photograph of Robert Louis Stevenson and family, Vailima, on the island of Upolu in Samoa Left to right Mary Carter, maid to Stevenson s mother, Lloyd Osbourne, Stevenson s stepson, Margaret Balfour, Stevenson s mother, Isobel Strong, Stevenson s stepdaughter, Robert Louis Stevenson, Austin Strong, the Strong s son, Stevenson s wife Fanny Stevenson, and Joseph Dwight Strong, Isobel s husband.The word that most of his friends and acquaintances used to describe Stevenson RLS as I often think of him was captivating He was sorely missed when he made the decision to move to Samoa taking himself a long way from supportive friends and his fans He was searching for a healthy environment that would restore his always ailing health Unfortunately the new climate was found too late, he died at the age of 44 from a brain aneurysm leaving his last novel, the Weir of Hermiston, unfinished Many believe that he was on the verge of writing his greatest novel Oddly enough, F Scott Fitzgerald a very different writer from RLS, but also a favorite of mine died at 44 as well Critics also believe that The Last Tycoon would have been his best novel if he d had time to finish it It does make me wonder about the wonderful stories that were left forever trapped in the now long silent pens of RLS and FSF, but they both left lasting monuments to literature Even those that don t appreciate their writing the way I do still have to admit that their impact was undeniable If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

  2. Ariel Ariel says:

    OH BOY, OH BOY, PEOPLE I HAVE A NEW FAVOURITE This edition came with two stories, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and The Bottle Imp, and they were both awesome let s talk about them I m so excited I can t contain myself.Jekyll So Well Crafted From beginning to end the story was engaging and the themes where quite straightforward, but I really love that in writing see George Orwell is my favourite author I like it when authors aren t bogging their messages down in unneeded subtleties Some of these sentences, I swear to god One of my favourite ones I slept after the prostration of the day, with a stringent and profound slumber which not even the nightmares that wrung me could avail to break The context doesn t even matter It s solid gold My only distress with this story comes not from anything Stevenson did, but from the fact that it s so famous spoiler alert I wish I didn t know Jekyll and Hyde are the same person Gosh darn it The story is solid enough that it doesn t matter if you know or not, which is important if one spoiler can ruin your story you don t have a very good story , but it would have been so wickedly fun not to know Stevenson did such a good job of hiding it The ideas of evil vs good in humans were great And the idea that Jekyll didn t hate Hyde. GOSH DARNIT THIS WAS GREAT That ending though That ending THAT ENDING, JESUS.Bottle I had no idea what the heck this was, which made it so much fun What a story Stevenson has an awesome imagination To avoid spoilers I ll keep this brief This story was so stressful Oh man I felt legitimate anxiety My heart, it was not happy WHICH IS GREAT It s amazing when a piece of writing can make you feel real dread Why was it set in Hawaii When talking to a friend who is Scottish and so is Stevenson so I trust her on this subject she explained to me that Stevenson was known for being a world traveller, so maybe he just wanted to explore something new It was interesting, I d like to look into the significance of the Hawaii setting. definitely something to do with being an island I wanted this to end sadly Gosh it was so set up for a sad ending, and I was dreading dreading dreading that it would end badly but sometimes these things can t end well I think, ultimately, the ending didn t feel too bad It could have been done worse, I think the saviour situation that happened had legitimate merit, but still I think this would have been better if it had ended horribly.Go read this, seriously people.

  3. Anne Anne says:

    Pfft.This Stevenson guy totally ripped off Stan Lee s Hulk character I mean, did this dude seriously think he could get away with what basically boils down to a copy paste job of one of the most iconic literary characters in comics I Think Not.Stan, my friend, you have a real chance at winning a copyright infringement lawsuit view spoiler For the love of all that s good and holy, please don t correct me in the comments Hello Joking It s obvious that Mr Stevenson s real inspiration for this short story came from the Bugs Bunny cartoons Duh. hide spoiler

  4. Elise (TheBookishActress) Elise (TheBookishActress) says:

    55 pages later and I m still convinced that Robert Louis Stevenson named his characters this way exclusively so he could fit in the line if he shall be Mr Hyde, I shall be Mr Seek and honestly that s iconic Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm. There s a reason this novella has stood the test of time it is creepy and interesting as hell I think there s something very terrifying to me about the idea of losing humanity and sanity, at first due to your own choices but later because of forces you cannot control Robert Louis Stevenson allegedly wrote this while on drugs, and you can definitely feel that experience in the book This is such a short book and I don t know quite what else to say, but guys I love Victorian horror it s so fucking weird and wild and all about Transgressing Social Norms and Being Subversive and this is the kind of shit I am HERE for sometime I ll write my term paper about how Victorian horror was a way for queer people, women, and mentally ill people to express their frustrations at Victorian society in a way that appealed to mass audiences, because I find that dynamic fascinating dangerous ideas book 2 Blog Goodreads Twitter Instagram Youtube

  5. Stephen Stephen says:

    KUDOS, KUDOS and KUDOS to you, Mr Stevenson First, for bringing me happy than a Slip N Slide on a scorching summer day by providing Warner Bros with the inspiration for one of my favorite cartoons, Hyde and Go Tweet I mean who didn t love giant, cat eating Tweety Hyde Second, and seriously, when I tardily returned to your classic gothic novella as an adult, you once again red lined my joy meter with the strength and eloquence of your story craft You story is the gift that keeps on giving.In both structure and content, this narrative is a work of art From a technical perspective, it can be admired for its superb mingling of different literary devices More importantly for me at least , the story itself is a powerful depiction of some very important ideas about humanity and what we sometimes hide behind the veneer of civilization Structurally, the novella crams, stuffs and presses a complete, fully fleshed story in its scant 88 pages by using a brilliant combo of point of view changes, dialogue, flashback and epistolary components In lesser hands, the amount of information and story contained in this tale would have required a lot paper In addition to being a model of conciseness, the change in style, in my opinion, added to the enjoyment of the story by allowing the reader to be present during the narrative Content wise, Stevenson really knocks the cover off the ball Despite being written in 1886, this tale still stands as the quintessential fictional examination of the duality of man s nature and the very human struggle between the civilized and primal aspects of our beings The constrained, repressive society of the Victorian Period in which the story takes place provides the perfect back drop for the model of outward English propriety, Dr Henry Jekyll, to battle metaphorically and literally the darker, baser but still very human desires personified in the person of Edward Hyde What a perfect allegory between the face people wear in public and the one they take out only in private Hence it came about that I concealed my pleasures and that when I reached years of reflection, and began to look round me, and take stock of my progress and position in the world, I stood already committed to a profound duplicity of life. Stevenson s prose is engaging and I found myself pulled into the narrative from the beginning I particularly enjoyed when Stevenson wrote of his characters reactions to being in the presence of Mr Hyde and the palpable, pervasive, but non pinpointable, sense of evil and dread that radiated from him For example There is something wrong with his appearance something displeasing, something downright detestable Hyde s features were the expression, and bore the stamp, of lower elements in my soul The last I think for, O poor old Harry Jekyll, if ever I read Satan s signature upon a face, it is on that of your new friend I was also impressed with Henry Jekyll s description of his growing realization that man not homogenous inside his own skin but a conglomerate of competing personalities and aspects With every day, and from both sides of my intelligence, the moral and the intellectual, I thus drew steadily nearer to the truth, by whose partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck that man is not truly one, but truly two I hazard the guess that man will be ultimately known for a mere polity of multifarious, incongruous and independent denizens Overall, this is one of those classics that lives up to its name and rightfully belongs among the highlights of gothic fiction I am very, very pleased that I decided to revisit this story as I found that I loved as an adult what I could only try to appreciate as a child 4.0 stars HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION

  6. Sean Barrs the Bookdragon Sean Barrs the Bookdragon says:

    Robert Louis Stevenson was a man who knew how to play his audience Utterson, the primary point of view character for this novel, is a classic Victorian gentleman he is honest, noble and trustworthy he is the last reputable acquaintance of down going men like Henry Jekyll So, by having a character who evokes the classic feelings of Victorian realism narrate the abnormal encounterings, it gives it credibility it gives it believability thus, the story is scarier because if a man such as Utterson is seeing this strange case, then it must be real Indeed, this gothic novella was considered very scary at the time I think this was emphasised because Stevenson pushed the boundaries of the gothic genre One of the tenants of the style rests upon the inclusion of a doppelg nger Instead of using this classic idea Stevenson transgressed it with having his doppelg ngers relationship reside in the same character Jekyll Hyde is the same person, and at the same time one and another s counterpart I think this is a masterful technique because the relationship between the two is psychologically complex and fear inducing, than, for example, the relationship between Frankenstein and his Monster It breaks the boundaries of the normal role and establishes a doppelg nger relationship that is stronger than any others This all happened because one day a Victoria chemist decided to see if he could separate the two states of human nature The result was a successful disaster Utterson has to try and piece together the scraps of the strange situation He is perplexed at the idea of the paranormal because logic dictates that this shouldn t be happening, therefore, it isn t real, but only it is so, again, it becomes scary The incident at the window is demonstrative of this Utterson witnesses Jekyll s transgressive shift into Hyde and a shift between the doppelgangers The blood of the Victorian gentleman is frozen by what he beholds I learned to recognise the thorough and primitive duality of man I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both I love the gothic genre and I love this novella I think so much can be taken from it because the number of interpretations that have been made of it are huge It is told in my favourite style of narration epistolary There are a number of narrators, including Jekyll himself Consequently, the interpretive value is increased significantly I ve spoken a lot about Utterson, but there is also the strong possibility of Jekyll being an unreliable narrator as he has deluded himself almost completely One could also compare the work to Stevenson s own life and his self imposed exile as he wrote this gothic master piece In addition to this, Hyde can be seen as the personification of having the so called exact physical characteristics of a criminal in the Victorian age, and the homosexual undertones are also very implicit in the text There is just so much going on in here The literary value of this is, of course, incredibly high But, it is also incredibly entertaining to read I ve written essays about this novella for university thus, I could praise this book all day and night This is, certainly, the best novella I ve read to date I had to buy a Folio Society edition of it, I just had to.

  7. Fabian Fabian says:

    The appearances superficiality motif appears as early on as the first sentence in this tense, tight, but ultimately convoluted smear of a novella Count on countenance for good sturdy bones in a story of detection yet Plus there are really nice framing devices on display here, a check mark always in my book, like the letters within letters narrative, a nifty exercise, which is mighty cool Here, my favorite sentence from the Robert Louis Stevenson classic Jekyll had than a father s interest Hyde had than a son s indifference 85 Super neat Yet And then there is the fact that the main protagonists become manifested once they are uttered into existence by the status quo, the pre turn of the century Londonfolk Rumor creates their reputations before the two, er one, ever make the center stage HoweverI must mention that I feel as though the actual occurrence, the solved crime, what s underneath all the whispy artifices of this rudimentary detective noir novel, is a homosexual relationship gone to extremes, to a level that s too literary Maybe that s a stretch Also, I LOVE that JEKYLL sounds like jackal, as in Devil Cute.ButThis is not worthy of the canon Bottom Line Cos the whole Dual Nature and Commingling of Good and Evil thing is overdone, stamped into the reader like some mantra that could be interpreted in many different ways and becomes, quite frankly, overly exhausted This ain t as kitschy, or pre kitschy nowhere near as I d foolishly predicted If you want something macabre AND brilliant, go to the French serial classic The Phantom of the Opera

  8. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis StevensonStrange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a gothic novella by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson first published in 1886 The work is also known as The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, or simply Jekyll Hyde It is about a London lawyer named Gabriel John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde The novella s impact is such that it has become a part of the language, with the very phrase Jekyll and Hyde coming to mean a person who is vastly different in moral character from one situation to the next 2012 1373 111 1376 240 9644220579 1886

  9. Hailey (Hailey in Bookland) Hailey (Hailey in Bookland) says:

    4.5 Read for class

  10. Jeff Jeff says:

    What I learned reading Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde By Jeff1 Some things are better left unsaid Really Who knows how Hyde indulged himself Hookers Pirating Running an orphan sweat shop Booze Opium Ripping the Do Not Remove under Penalty of Law labels from mattresses 2 Never have a nosy lawyer as a best friend Who the hell hangs out with lawyers 3 My evil Hyde would not be a top hat wearing, monkey like Juggernaut Sorry, he would be Dean Martin esque, a la The Nutty Professor 4 How in need Victorian England was for body waxing and or Nair.5 As long as my evil twin was a different size stretchy spandex material for those embarrassing and untimely changes.6 This has no business being a musical An episode of Scooby Doo, sure I would have worked my way through the entire brothel, if it wasn t for you meddling kids Stage musical, no 7 Possible Hyde potion flavors Salted Caramel, Lime Mint, White Chocolate Almond, Tangerine Mango8 Evil housekeeper good, evil hideout attached to regular pad just stupid Note to self make Evil me smarter and even cunning.9 Some adaptations over the years In Abbot and Costello Meet Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Costello, playing Tubby, is transformed into a big mouse Huh In Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde, the movie poster warned The sexual transformation of a man into a woman will actually take place before your very eyes Acting Brilliant Thank you 10 At around one hundred pages, this book novella was the perfect length Any longer and Stevenson s leaden prose style would have transformed me into grumpy, whiney, sleepy reader.