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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

by Robert Louis Stevenson

72 ratings, 15 reviews

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a novella written by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1886. It features the double lives of Dr. Jekyll, a well respected chemist, and Mr. Hyde, a criminal who is wanted for murder. Mr. Utterson, the story's protagonist, finds it curious that Dr. Jekyll has named Mr. Hyde his beneficiary. Perhaps there's some blackmailing going on? This swift and delightful thriller has enshrined the image of a character with "split personalities" as representing good and evil, and the name Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has become a pseudonym for anyone with such a temperament.

The idea for this story supposedly came to Stevenson during a nightmare, and the original manuscript was apparently burned by a family member. He then set about rewriting it over the course of six days, supposedly assisted by cocaine. A friend of the author noted: "The mere physical feat was tremendous; and instead of harming him, it roused and cheered him inexpressibly." Though the substance which transformed Dr. Jekyll into Mr. Hyde was some malignant liquid, one might imagine that it was the aforementioned stimulant which might split the character's personality - or the author's for that matter - in two?

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Neema Jafar

September 10, 2013

This book was written during a six day cocaine binge

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Michael Beatrice

May 13, 2013

Title is incorrect, but common mistake. Book is actually "Strange Case..." Not "The Strange Case..." RLS did that on purpose to make it even more jarring from the get go.

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Ashli Pass

May 10, 2013

He's dr. Jekyll one second then he's Mr. Hyde

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Samantha Lirag

February 07, 2013

Is book is awesome it shows great human resources of how they changed.

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Mariah Jones

January 29, 2013

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Woody Forest

January 29, 2013

Amzing book

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Ashley Tagart

October 25, 2012

This book makes u think. I loved it!

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Samantha Blades

July 12, 2012

This is a wonderful book! Each time I read it I get the chills! A must read for everyone!

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Ellen Niven

July 03, 2012

I found this book was of an understandable old English language. This enabled the reader to follow the plot line but not be absorbed in the atmosphere due to the complicated language. A great story none the less but I fear that the emotion and descriptions are all to easily lost to a 'casual' reader.

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Hann C

June 12, 2012

Short but sweet; requires concentration at times, but good read.

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Shirley Huang

May 20, 2012

Bad

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Brenna Werner

March 21, 2012

I love this booK and this is coming from an extremely young reader! Best book ever besides the Fablehaven series!!!đź‘Ť

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Finn Carragher

February 01, 2012

A great classic book has made me buy a hard book edition

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Sam Bowring

December 26, 2011

Part of me loved this book, part of me hated it. Wish I could have give it two and a half stars.

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Asha Churchill

November 29, 2011

This book is fantastic, intriguing and eerie. I've read it several times and it's always held my interest, and this is coming from a fourteen year old!