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Idealistic young scientist Henry Jekyll struggles to unlock the secrets of the soul. Testing chemicals in his lab, he drinks a mixture he hopes will isolate—and eliminate—human evil. Instead it unleashes the dark forces within him, transforming him into the hideous and murderous Mr. Hyde.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde dramatically brings to life a science-fiction case study of the nature of good and evil and the duality that can exist within one person. Resonant with psychological perception and ethical insight, the book has literary roots in Dostoevsky’s “The Double” and Crime and Punishment. Today Stevenson’s novella is recognized as an incisive study of Victorian morality and sexual repression, as well as a great thriller.

This collection also includes some of the author’s grimmest short fiction: “Lodging for the Night,” “The Suicide Club,” “Thrawn Janet,” “The Body Snatcher,” and “Markheim.”

Jenny Davidson is Assistant Professor of eighteenth-century literature and culture in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her novel Heredity appeared from Soft Skull Press in 2003.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593081317
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Classics Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 46,404
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Louis  Stevenson
Jenny Davidson is Assistant Professor of eighteenth-century literature and culture in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her novel Heredity appeared from Soft Skull Press in 2003.

Biography

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in 1850 in Edinburgh. His father was an engineer, the head of a family firm that had constructed most of Scotland's lighthouses, and the family had a comfortable income. Stevenson was an only child and was often ill; as a result, he was much coddled by both his parents and his long-time nurse. The family took frequent trips to southern Europe to escape the cruel Edinburgh winters, trips that, along with his many illnesses, caused Stevenson to miss much of his formal schooling. He entered Edinburgh University in 1867, intending to become an engineer and enter the family business, but he was a desultory, disengaged student and never took a degree. In 1871, Stevenson switched his study to law, a profession which would leave time for his already-budding literary ambitions, and he managed to pass the bar in 1875.

Illness put an end to his legal career before it had even started, and Stevenson spent the next few years traveling in Europe and writing travel essays and literary criticism. In 1876, Stevenson fell in love with Fanny Vandergrift Osbourne, a married American woman more than ten years his senior, and returned with her to London, where he published his first fiction, "The Suicide Club." In 1879, Stevenson set sail for America, apparently in response to a telegram from Fanny, who had returned to California in an attempt to reconcile with her husband. Fanny obtained a divorce and the couple married in 1880, eventually returning to Europe, where they lived for the next several years. Stevenson was by this time beset by terrifying lung hemorrhages that would appear without warning and required months of convalescence in a healthy climate. Despite his periodic illnesses and his peripatetic life, Stevenson completed some of his most enduring works during this period: Treasure Island (1883), A Child's Garden of Verses (1885), Kidnapped (1886), and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886).

After his father's death and a trip to Edinburgh which he knew would be his last, Stevenson set sail once more for America in 1887 with his wife, mother, and stepson. In 1888, after spending a frigid winter in the Adirondack Mountains, Stevenson chartered a yacht and set sail from California bound for the South Pacific. The Stevensons spent time in Tahiti, Hawaii, Micronesia, and Australia, before settling in Samoa, where Stevenson bought a plantation called Vailima. Though he kept up a vigorous publishing schedule, Stevenson never returned to Europe. He died of a sudden brain hemorrhage on December 3, 1894.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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It has been said that Stevenson may well be the inventor of the sleeping bag -- he described a large fleece-lined sack he brought along to sleep in on a journey through France in his book Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes.

Long John Silver, the one-legged pirate cook in Stevenson's classic Treasure Island, is said to be based on the author's friend William Ernest Henley, whom he met when Henley was in Edinburgh for surgery to save his one good leg from tuberculosis.

Stevenson died in 1894 at Vailima,, his home on the South Pacific island of Upolu, Samoa. He was helping his wife make mayonnaise for dinner when he suffered a fatal stroke.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 13, 1850
    2. Place of Birth:
      Edinburgh, Scotland
    1. Date of Death:
      December 3, 1894
    2. Place of Death:
      Vailima, Samoa

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From Jenny Davidson’s Introduction to The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories

Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is at once a sharply conceived allegory about the psychological costs of living the respectable life and a thrilling page-turner as compelling as anything written by such modern masters of horror as Clive Barker and Stephen King. Published in January 1886, Stevenson’s story quickly became a best-seller on both sides of the Atlantic.

The American actor-manager Richard Mansfield purchased the copyright to Stevenson’s novella with the goal of maintaining exclusive rights for theatrical adaptation, but the copyright laws failed to prevent a host of other impresarios from mounting competing productions; one producer touring in New England advertised that his Mr. Hyde was so terrifying that he had to be kept chained in a boxcar on the way to the theater. Though the text of the adaptation, by playwright Thomas Russell Sullivan, would seem dated and melodramatic to modern readers—as does the trick photograph in which Mansfield’s Hyde crouches behind his Jekyll, ready to spring—the actor’s performance brought to life for his contemporaries all the most terrifying aspects of Stevenson’s story. First acted at the Boston Museum on May 9, 1887, as Mansfield’s biographer Paul Wilstach recounts, Jekyll and Hyde had immensely powerful effects on its audience: “Strong men shuddered and women fainted and were carried out of the theatre. . . . People went away from ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ afraid to enter their houses alone. They feared to sleep in darkened rooms. They were awakened by nightmare. Yet it had the fascination of crime and mystery, and they came again and again” (Richard Mansfield, the Man and the Actor, pp. 146–147; see “For Further Reading”).

Spectators found it difficult to believe that Mansfield transformed himself without chemical assistance, and he was charged with using acids, phosphorus, or even an inflatable rubber suit to facilitate the transformation from Jekyll to Hyde. The truth of the matter, Wilstach goes on to say, was that “his only change was in the muscles of his face, the tones of his yielding voice, and the posture of his body” (pp. 147–148). The account of Mansfield’s friend and fellow actor De Wolf Hopper confirms the effectiveness of the performance. As the two men sat one evening in a darkened room at the Continental Hotel in Philadelphia, Hopper asked Mansfield what he did and how he did it: “‘And then and there, only four feet away, under the green light, as that booming clock struck the hour—he did it—changed to Hyde before my very eyes—and I remember that I, startled to pieces, jumped up and cried that I’d ring the bell if he didn’t stop!’” (Wilstach, p. 155).

The great Victorian actor Henry Irving soon invited Mansfield to bring his production to the Lyceum Theatre in London, and Jekyll and Hyde opened there on August 4, 1888. On the last day of August, however, an event took place that would transform the significance of Mansfield’s production and, indeed, of Stevenson’s story as well. The mutilated corpse of a prostitute was discovered in the East End of London, the first in a series of five or more murders attributed to the terrifying figure who would come to be known as Jack the Ripper. The Ripper cut his victims’ throats, sliced open their torsos, and removed their organs; he was suspected of having trained as either a butcher or a medical man.

As subsequent bodies were discovered, London went wild with fear. Reporters drew public attention to the extraordinary poverty and squalor of Whitechapel in the East End, where most of the murders took place, and pointed to the hypocrisy of a society that allowed such neighborhoods to exist in the face of the nation’s great prosperity, thereby encouraging the emergence of a monster like the Ripper. Amid riots and public frenzies, many citizens wrote letters to the newspapers and the police suggesting precautions that might be taken to prevent more murders. These suggestions ranged from providing better street lighting and giving policemen whistles as a rapid warning system, to arming prostitutes with revolvers, or even dressing up police officers as prostitutes and protecting their throats and torsos with metal corsets, perhaps attached to batteries that would electrocute the unwary attacker. Many of these letters singled out prominent members of society as suspects in the Ripper murders. At the peak of the frenzy the police received more than a thousand letters a week, and the actor Richard Mansfield was among those charged with being responsible for the Whitechapel murders. As Donald Rumbelow relates in his history of the crimes, “The writer accusing Mansfield had not been able to rest for a day and a night after seeing the performance, claiming that no man could disguise himself so well and that, since Mansfield worked himself up to such a frenzy on stage, he probably did the real life murders too” (The Complete Jack the Ripper, p. 124).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

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    I have the regular book at home. Its cheaper and better on a nook. The book is haunting and suspensful, making it an awsome read. And don't think 'oh this is too hard for me to understand' beacuse I'm only 12 and love this book and has to explain Edgar Allen Poe to my 17 year old sister.
    And if its still to hard to understand....theres a dictionary to help you.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2010

    Very good horror classic

    Again, a classic. I do love my classics, and I'll post this review just in case someone wants to know my opinion.

    As the title indicates, this book is a collection of Stevenson's short stories, the main one being Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The story begins with the protagonist, Mr. Utterson, discovering a creature known as Mr. Hyde committing certain atrocities. He further investigates and links the man to his good friend, Dr. Jekyll. He soon discovers that Dr. Jekyll has succeeded in creating an alter ego in Mr. Hyde that allows him to seperate his good and evil inclinations and house them in seperate bodies. What happens next is truly horrifying, but you must read the book to find out; I'm afraid I may give too much away if I keep explaining. I must admit that I have not read Stevenson before, and I was pleasantly surprised by his ability to depict horror without boring or disgusting me, as modern horror literature often seems to do. For those who enjoy mild horror, not quite Poe-level, Stevenson would be a good fit.

    The other stories are quite good, although none as good as Dr. Jekyll, in my opinion. One story in particular that I did enjoy was The Misadventures of John Nicholson. I was quite amused by the many misfortunes that the poor protagonist had to suffer through; it would be perfect for those looking for a quick and light read. A Lodging for the Night was also funny, but in a more satirical way. My only complaint would be the dialect used in Thrawn Janet, it was difficult to decipher at times, especially with the additional slang terms. But otherwise, I really enjoyed this collection of short stories and would recomment them to everyone.

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

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    Classic Science Fiction

    A classic book, that should be part of anyone's permanent library. "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" is an excellent short story. Perfect for summer reading, in-between homework (when you just need a break), or during breaks at work. Perfect for anyone, including stay-at-home moms!

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  • Posted February 25, 2009

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    A Great Psychological Novel

    Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' is both a brilliant thriller and a psychological novel that explores the darkest aspects of the human psyche.

    The B&N edition is particulary great for students due to its low cost and the excellent introduction and text notes. Like 'Frankenstein' and 'Dracula', 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' was written during the Victorian Age in England. As the introduction notes, many discoveries in science and modern medicine occured during this time period. Jekyll and Hyde reflect both the excitement of new discoveries and the dangers of intellectual pride.

    Although Jekyll and Hyde has been portrayed many times in film, the original story is just as exciting, and ultimately tragic.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    recommended

    like it so far good classics

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

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    Excellent story, even better publication.

    When reviewing a classic such as "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", there really isn't much need in actually reviewing the book, because you know it will be an amazing story. With that, this story is very fascinating. I adore the relationship between Mr. Utterson and Dr. Jekyll, within the story you can see the true concern that Mr. Utterson has for Dr. Jekyl, It is personified in this part of the book, "'Jekyll,' said Utterson, "You know me: I am a man to be trusted. Make a clean breast out of this in confidence, and I make no doubt that I can get you out of it.", This really shows that Utterson would do anything to get Dr. Jekyll away from Mr. Hyde, and this can easily be translated into modern times. It can remind me of a scenario when a close friend of yours gets involved with drugs, You can do anything to get them away from it, your scared it will consume them, and in many cases it will. This truly is an excellent book. As a bonus, this book also contains "The Body Snatcher", "A lodging for the night", "The Suicide Club", "Thrawn Janet" and "Markheim", all excellent classics by R.L Stevenson.
    With that, I am really loving these Barnes and Noble Classics! They have commentary and a wealth of information about the author, impact of the story and many other things. Not to mention the overall print is very nice, for the price, these are certainly some of the best editions of classics that are available.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2009

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    Highly unique

    A must-read title; not only a classic, but also an opportunity to enhance your literature and personal library. Due to its size, I found it quite comfortable for almost any occasion.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2006

    Wholesome, Undetailed, Mysterious Goodness!

    I found this book, which I read for a book report, to be very suspensful and a good read overall. I usually like to read books with a lot of details given, so I thought, when I first started reading the novel at least, that I would not like the book.However Stevenson uses a lack of details, such as peoples' inability to physically describe Hyde, to create an aura of evilness around Hyde, and to build suspense in the novel. I also like the fact that Robert Stevenson includes the narratives of both Lanyon and Jekyll, to give the story more than one point of view.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    I remembered reading Mr. Stevenson's adventures years ago and li

    I remembered reading Mr. Stevenson's adventures years ago and liking them, so it wasn't a surprise that I liked these stories as well. In fact, it was a real treat to finally find authentic suspense stories that require the lights be left on afterwards.
    Unlike many, Dr. Jekyll wasn't my favorite, possibly because of familiarity, and possibility because it is a tale of good and evil, not the supernatural. Thrawn Janet, on the other hand, is written in Scottish and in order to follow, every word counts, and that makes the suspense oh so much more penetrating. What a tale that would be in an old inn with a darkened room and fireplace blazing....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Kept me intrigued all the way.. Want to read again!

    This book is such a fantastic classic. Dr.Jekyll and Mr.hyde is a short story they may confuse at times but will never bore you. The science fiction used set in London in the nineteeth century makes it even more mysterious. Robert stevenson did a spectacular job with this story and the rest of his other works in this book. Including The Suicide Club which my 2nd fav in this book. I highly reccomend this to be read, even if it was one of my summer readings it is truly a great piece to be read by modern readers!!! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

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    It feels presumptuous to be "Reviewing" Stevenson's no

    It feels presumptuous to be "Reviewing" Stevenson's novel. While we might argue that writing a novel was harder then or today, writers like Stevenson shaped the legacy of novel and it's effect in our world (at the very least in English-speaking countries). While this might remind the modern readers of many other successful books of this genre, however THIS IS THE ORIGINAL NOVEL THAT HAS INSPIRED ALL OTHERS.

    Dr.Jekyll and Hyde is a psychological thriller that is set in Victorian England when many scientific discoveries were being made, in which literally made Science feel like magic in late 1880's. Things that seemed impossible, out of the hands and reach of man, skills belonging to the realm of God became to be believed, practiced and owned by the masses. Such enormous changes in technology altered expectations and changes in societies in which made the individuals of the said societies feel out of place, left behind, and in a struggle to catch up. Quite literally, this novel is inspired by the science or magic question and the effects of such new discoveries; Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde's story is one that feels magical, distorted, disturbing and a cautionary tale of how such discoveries can and eventually will corrode away our sense of selves and morals.
    Stevenson quite literally launched a whole new canon we know of today with this novel. Although the modern reader might feel that this topic is overdone, and the plot counter-intuitive, however, it was unprecedented in his day and as such is the brilliance of Stevenson. The theme that every man has two sides (one ugly, one innocent) and the schizophrenic patients, double and or secret identities was unprecedented in his day and inspired many novels and books, movies and etc., today (while consciously or unconsciously). The book really delves down into the human soul, psyche and how such new discoveries can shape, change men. Dr.Jekyll is a cautionary tale for the scientific man, who messes up with the nature of humanity, therefore ending up deforming both his body and corrupting his morals, he loses both himself and the respect he has gained as being a man of learned studies. He is "punished" for his atrocities against the nature of God.
    Although written so long ago and the modern reader might have a difficulty with the jargon and might have to stall their reading due to the style, syntax and diction of the novel, it is well worth the effort to go through book. Regardless of such challenges of the book the modern reader is easily able to locate literary elements, feel a sense of familiarity and continue to analyze without a difficulty of the characters, motives, plot and the themes which are quite literally duplicated by other writers expanding into today.
    This is a well recommended book which will both expand your horizons and really take you back to the beginning of the such canon and give an in-depth understanding to the modern reader that is unavailable in our books today. This is how it all began and Stevenson does this so well.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    HORRIBLE! THUMBS-DOWN FOR B&N CLASSICS!!!

    I purchased this book at a retail store so that my son could read it over the summer break. Well, when he actually got around to reading it, we realized the book was bound wrong! The pages jump from 18 to 116, and then back down to the 80's. I tried returning it, but because it was more than 14 days since the purchase, they refused! What a waste of money! I will never buy a Barnes and Noble Classics again! They took my money and refused to replace the book, even though it is unreadable! Shame on BARNES AND NOBLE!!!!!!!

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    A little bit better than what I have been reading lately.

    Not much action and a lot of talking.

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    Posted September 12, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Classically wonderfull

    Great ebook version

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

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    Sexy& HOT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2011

    Not pleased

    I have read this book before in my Literature class. And I do not recommend it. In fact, I cannot say I recommend any books by Robert Louis Stevenson. I have also read another book of his, Treasure Island. I honestly hated them both.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    Good for a required reading

    I didn't love it, but compared to all the other books on my summer reading, this one was by far the best. A quick, fairly simple read

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

    A Classic

    I am not sure how I thought the story would be, having heard and seen so many variations of the theme. It ended up being one that was a surprisingly human story. This Strange Case is worth your time!

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    this will stay a classic

    this book will stay a classic for a reason.if you like happy stories, though, you are being forwarned. otherwise, i loved it. (look for my other reviews of classics and other stories in the SHOP)

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