The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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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September 10, 2013
This book was written during a six day cocaine binge
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.
May 10, 2013
He's dr. Jekyll one second then he's Mr. Hyde
February 07, 2013
Is book is awesome it shows great human resources of how they changed.
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October 25, 2012
This book makes u think. I loved it!
July 12, 2012
This is a wonderful book! Each time I read it I get the chills! A must read for everyone!
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.
June 12, 2012
Short but sweet; requires concentration at times, but good read.
May 20, 2012
March 21, 2012
I love this booK and this is coming from an extremely young reader! Best book ever besides the Fablehaven series!!!👍
February 01, 2012
A great classic book has made me buy a hard book edition
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.
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!