Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a novel written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson about a London lawyer named John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde.
John Utterson is on his weekly walk with his relative, Enfield, who proceeds to tell Utterson of an encounter some months ago between a man and a young girl. The man, a sinister figure named Edward Hyde, and a young girl, who has run to get a doctor, accidentally bump into one another, and Hyde rudely tramples her. Enfield chases after Hyde, brings him back to the scene, and persuades Hyde to pay £100 to avoid a scandal for his despicable behavior. Hyde leads them to a building where he enters, and re-emerges with £10 in gold and a cheque for the rest, drawn on the account of a reputable gentleman, later revealed to be Dr. Henry Jekyll, a client and old friend of Utterson's. Some time later, after one of Dr. Jekyll's dinner parties, Utterson stays behind to discuss the matter of Hyde. Jekyll turns pale, yet he assures Utterson that everything is in order and that Hyde should be left alone...
The story that follows has been interpreted as an examination of the duality of human nature, the assertion that good and evil exists in all, and that the failure to accept this shadow side results in the evil being projected onto others.
This edition includes the original illustrations by Charles Raymond Macauley.
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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.From the Publisher:
Robert Louis Stevenson originally wrote Dr. Jekyll And Mr Hyde as a "chilling shocker." He then burned the draft and, upon his wife's advice, rewrote it as the darkly complex tale it is today. Stark, skillfully woven, this fascinating novel explores the curious turnings of human character through the strange case of Dr. Jekyll, a kindly scientist who by night takes on his stunted evil self, Mr. Hyde. Anticipating modern psychology, Jekyll And Hyde is a brilliantly original study of man's dual nature -- as well as an immortal tale of suspense and terror. Published in 1866, Jekyll And Hyde was an instant success and brought Stevenson his first taste of fame. Though sometimes dismissed as a mere mystery story, the book has evoked much literary admirations. Vladimir Nabokov likened it to Madame Bovary and Dead Souls as "a fable that lies nearer to poetry than to ordinary prose fiction."
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