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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886)

by Robert Louis Stevenson

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    The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (chrisharpe, lucyknows)
    lucyknows: Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness could be paired with Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray or The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. In all three novels the authors depict the struggle of people against the forces of evil.
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    Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (SanctiSpiritus)
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    Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin (VictoriaPL)
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    The Face of Another by Kōbō Abe (lilisin)
    lilisin: Very different stylistically but these books cover the same theme. However, Abe goes into much more detail about the repercussions that comes with letting your other side get the best of you.
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    The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (ncgraham)
    ncgraham: Another great Victorian horror novel.
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    In a Glass Darkly by Sheridan Le Fanu (Hollerama)
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    Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (Sylak)
    Sylak: Delving the depths of human savagery and corruption.
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    Society of Mind by Marvin Minsky (bertilak)
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    Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse (roby72)
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So short, but so powerful. This is one of those stories where you think you know how it goes, but upon reading you find that it has been re-interpreted for so many years in so many forms that it feels completely different. Well, not completely. But still, the decades of alterations made this novella feel fresh and rich. I would have liked it to be longer, since I was so drawn in by the world of dark clouds and sinister encounters, and the novella ends on an abrupt note. However, it was pleasingly eerie and direct while it lasted. ( )
  marthaearly | Jun 6, 2014 |
A very creepy story. I didn't know what to expect with this book when I first read it. Everyone knows the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde concept but reading it was different. It wasn't what I expected and I don't know if that is a good or a bad thing. Either way I thought it was an interesting, eerie novel and worth reading at least once. Give it a go. ( )
  IceMaiden786 | May 31, 2014 |
this is a quick but pretty intense read. it was vaguely familiar so i'm sure i read it before, probably ages ago. i still had a slightly different impression of what it was about, and was really pleased to find it to really be a statement of the struggle between the "good" and "evil" sides that we all have. the very very good doctor was excited to let his evil side out and have a little fun, and i think this is desire or struggle is a really interesting truth for so many people.

as a book it was well paced and fast moving. an easy read that makes you think; i'm glad to have reread it. ( )
  elisa.saphier | May 21, 2014 |
Great psychological book about the changes of personality of a person. Good story (if somewhat small) and good characters. Unforgettably it was briefed and suffered for it. A must read to anyone who wants to learn about the human mind. ( )
  chevalierdulys | Apr 21, 2014 |
This books was surprisingly fun. It has a slow start for the first few pages, but after that it takes off.

A quick fun little read, definitely worth the time. ( )
  steadfastreader | Mar 18, 2014 |
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Stevenson, Robert Louisprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Øye, AgneteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bentley, B. AllenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chaon, DanAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Charyn, JeromeAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Finzi, GilbertoForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fruttero, CarloTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gallone, MariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gardner, GroverNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haglund, ErkkiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jørgensen, OskarIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Keeping, CharlesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krog, HelgeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Larsstuvold, RunePrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lucentini, FrancoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McMullan, KateAdaptersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nabokov, VladimirIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nordberg, NilsIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peake, MervynIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spencer, AlexanderNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thorn, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, Edward ArthurIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde / The Suicide Club by Robert Louis Stevenson

Frankenstein | Dracula | Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Mary Shelley

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde / The Secret Sharer / Transformation: Three Tales of Doubles by Susan J. Wolfson

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde / Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [Norton Critical Edition] by Robert Louis Stevenson

Frankenstein, Drácula, O médico e o monstro by Coletivo

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde / Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories (The Penguin English Library) by Robert Louis Stevenson

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde with The Merry Men and Other Tales and Fables by Robert Louis Stevenson

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories (Vintage Classics) by Robert Louis Stevenson

Classic horror omnibus. Vol.1, Five classic novels of terror by Peter Haining

Treasury Of Gothic & Supernatural by Bruce T. Smyth

Novels of Mystery from the Victorian Age by Maurice Richardson

Modern Mystery and Adventure Novels: Portrait of Jennie; Jamaica Inn; The Thirty-Nine Steps; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Re by Robert Nathan

Robert Louis Stevenson: Four Complete Novels by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Bottle Imp And Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales of Terror by Robert Louis Stevenson

Selected writings of Robert Louis Stevenson by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson in One Volume by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson by Robert Louis Stevenson

Seven Novels by Robert Louis Stevenson

Black Arrow / Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde / Kidnapped / Master of Ballantrae / Treasure Island / Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Epigraph
It's ill to loose the bands that God decreed to bind;
Still will we be the children of the heather and the wind,
Far away from home, O it's still for you and me
That the broom is blowing bonnie in the north countrie.
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To Katharine De Mattos
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Mr. Utterson the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty, dreary and yet somehow lovable.
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With every day, and from both sides of my intelligence, the moral and the intellectual, I thus drew steadily nearer to that truth by whose partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck: that man is not truly one, but truly two. I say two, because the state of my own knowledge does not pass beyond that point. Others will follow, others will outstrip me on the same lines; and I hazard the guess that man will be ultimately known for a mere polity of multifarious, incongruous and independent denizens.
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When a brute of a man tramples an innocent girl, apparently out of spite, two bystanders catch the fellow and force him to pay reparations to the girl's family. The brute's name is Edward Hyde.

A respected lawyer, Utterson, hears this story and begins to unravel the seemingly manic behavior of his best friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and his connection with Hyde. Several months earlier, Utterson had drawn up an inexplicable will for the doctor, naming Hyde as his heir in the event that he disappears. Fearing his friend has been blackmailed into this arrangement, Utterson probes deeper into both Jekyll and his unlikely protégé. He is increasingly unnerved at each new revelation.

In a forerunner of psychological dramas to come, Stevenson uses Hyde to show that we are both repulsed by and attracted to the darker side of life, particularly when we can experience it in anonymity.

Haiku summary
What's in this test tube?
I don't know. Should I drink it?
Sure, what could go wrong?

(Carnophile)

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0451528956, Mass Market Paperback)

The young Robert Louis Stevenson suffered from repeated nightmares of living a double life, in which by day he worked as a respectable doctor and by night he roamed the back alleys of old-town Edinburgh. In three days of furious writing, he produced a story about his dream existence. His wife found it too gruesome, so he promptly burned the manuscript. In another three days, he wrote it again. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was published as a "shilling shocker" in 1886, and became an instant classic. In the first six months, 40,000 copies were sold. Queen Victoria read it. Sermons and editorials were written about it. When Stevenson and his family visited America a year later, they were mobbed by reporters at the dock in New York City. Compulsively readable from its opening pages, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is still one of the best tales ever written about the divided self.

This University of Nebraska Press edition is a small, exquisitely produced paperback. The book design, based on the original first edition of 1886, includes wide margins, decorative capitals on the title page and first page of each chapter, and a clean, readable font that is 19th-century in style. Joyce Carol Oates contributes a foreword in which she calls Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde a "mythopoetic figure" like Frankenstein, Dracula, and Alice in Wonderland, and compares Stevenson's creation to doubled selves in the works of Plato, Poe, Wilde, and Dickens.

This edition also features 12 full-page wood engravings by renowned illustrator Barry Moser. Moser is a skillful reader and interpreter as well as artist, and his afterword to the book, in which he explains the process by which he chose a self-portrait motif for the suite of engravings, is fascinating. For the image of Edward Hyde, he writes, "I went so far as to have my dentist fit me out with a carefully sculpted prosthetic of evil-looking teeth. But in the final moments I had to abandon the idea as being inappropriate. It was more important to stay in keeping with the text and, like Stevenson, not show Hyde's face." (Also recommended: the edition of Frankenstein illustrated by Barry Moser) --Fiona Webster

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In a classic story of good and evil, a gentle doctor's experiment into the duality of the soul goes awry and he is transformed into a hideous monster at night.

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