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Strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
     

Strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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by Robert Louis Stevenson
 

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STORY OF THE DOOR

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. At friendly meetings, and when the wine was to his taste, something eminently human beaconed from his eye; something

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1)
STORY OF THE DOOR

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. At friendly meetings, and when the wine was to his taste, something eminently human beaconed from his eye; something indeed which never found its way into his talk, but which spoke not only in these silent symbols of the after-dinner face, but more often and loudly in the acts of his life. He was austere with himself; drank gin when he was alone, to mortify a taste for vintages; and though he enjoyed the theatre, had not crossed the doors of one for twenty years. But he had an approved tolerance for others; sometimes wondering, almost with envy, at the high pressure of spirits involved in their misdeeds; and in any extremity inclined to help rather than to reprove.
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"I incline to Cain's heresy," he used to say quaintly: "I let my brother go to the devil in his own way." In this character, it was frequently his fortune to be the last reputable acquaintance and the last good influence in the lives of down-going men. And to such as these, so long as they came about his chambers, he never marked a shade of change in his demeanour.

Robert Louis Stevenson, né le 13 novembre 1850 à Édimbourg et mort le 3 décembre 1894 à Vailima (Samoa), est un écrivain écossais et un grand voyageur, célèbre pour son roman L'Île au trésor (1883), pour sa nouvelle L'Étrange Cas du docteur Jekyll et de M. Hyde (1886) et pour son récit Voyage avec un âne dans les Cévennes (1879).
Stevenson est parfois considéré comme un auteur de romans d'aventure ou de récits fantastiques pour adolescents, mais son œuvre a une tout autre dimension: il a d'ailleurs été salué avec enthousiasme par les plus grands de ses contemporains et de ses successeurs. Ses nouvelles et romans manifestent en effet une profonde intelligence de la narration, de ses moyens et de ses effets. Il exploite tous les ressorts du récit comme la multiplication des narrateurs et des points de vue, et pratique en même temps une écriture très visuelle, propice aux scènes particulièrement frappantes.
Mariage
En 1879, malgré l'opposition de sa famille, il part rejoindre Fanny Osbourne en Californie. Partant de Glasgow le 7 août, il atteint New York le 18 et retrouve Fanny à Monterey, après un voyage en chemin de fer.
En mars 1880, il manque de mourir d'une pneumonie et ne doit son salut qu'à l'attention de Fanny, qui se dévoue six semaines à son chevet. À peine rétabli, il l'épouse le 19 mai à San Francisco et ils partent en lune de miel, accompagnés du fils de Fanny, Lloyd. Cette lune de miel, qu'ils passent à Calistoga en Californie dans une mine d'argent désaffectée, est relatée dans Les Squatters de Silverado et publiée en 1883.
Entre 1880 et 1887, Stevenson voyagea beaucoup en Écosse, en Angleterre, séjourna à Davos, cherchant un climat bénéfique à sa santé et où il bénéficie des soins du docteur Karl Rüedi. Il passa deux ans en 1883 et 1884 à Hyères dans un chalet appelé Solitude. Il écrivit alors: Ce coin, notre jardin et notre vue sont subcélestes. Je chante tous les jours avec Bunian le grand barde. Je réside près du Paradis. Plus tard, il écrivit Heureux, je le fus une fois et ce fut à Hyères
En 1887, après le décès de son père, il partit aux États-Unis, où il fut accueilli par la presse new-yorkaise comme une vedette, à la suite du succès de L'Étrange Cas du docteur Jekyll et de M. Hyde (1886). Il passa l'hiver dans les monts Adirondacks pour soigner sa tuberculose, et décida au printemps d'effectuer une croisière en Océanie où il visita les îles Marquises, les îles Gilbert et les Samoas.

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2940025674313
Publisher:
Phonographic Institute Company, 1903
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Meet the Author

Robert Louis Stevenson | Autor (Edimburgo, 1850 - Vailima Upolu, Samoa Occidental, 1894). En la tumba de este escritor escocés, en una lejana isla de los mares del Sur a la que fue por motivos de salud, figura grabado el apodo que le dieron los samoanos: Tusitala, «el contador de historias». Se dio a conocer como novelista con La isla del tesoro (1883) y su popularidad como escritor se basó fundamentalmente en los emocionantes argumentos de sus novelas fantásticas y de aventuras, en las que siempre aparecen contrapuestos el bien y el mal, a modo de alegoría moral que se sirve del misterio y la aventura. Fue muy reconocido en vida y su escritura ha sido de gran influencia para importantes autores posteriores. Marta Gómez-Pintado | Ilustrador Marta Gómez-Pintado. Nació en 1967 en Madrid, donde estudió Bellas Artes. Compagina su labor como pintora, dibujante, retratista, ilustradora y profesora de dibujo y pintura. Ha realizado diversas exposiciones de obra pictórica y obra gráfica. Ha ilustrado poesía (El año en que todos se aburrieron la mente. Luca. Esperma de ballena. Xusto O´Mon.) y algún pasaje de Don Quijote de La Mancha («El Quijote entre todos»). Su primera visita al otro lado del espejo la hace con Alicia y Gulliver, personal revisión de dichos mitos, fundidos en un encuentro imaginario e ilustrados también por ella. Se identifica plenamente con André Breton cuando afirma «Soy todo lo que he hecho y todo lo que no he hecho».

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
November 13, 1850
Date of Death:
December 3, 1894
Place of Birth:
Edinburgh, Scotland
Place of Death:
Vailima, Samoa
Education:
Edinburgh University, 1875

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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Collins Classics) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 95 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' is very well-written and intriguing. The true horror of the tale is not so much the fate of the experimental Dr. Jekyll as a result of his tampering with his soul, but rather the chilling possibilty presented to the reader that if he or she had the same opportunity for evil, the story might well be the same. This novella left me wondering if the potential for such evil as is present in Mr. Hyde really exists in the recesses of everyone's soul. The creepiness of this tale isn't strongly present during the reading of it, but upon contemplating it afterwards, the eeriness sets in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm 14 years old, and recently had to read Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde for my English assignment. The assignment was comparing this fiction text, to a non-fiction text about crimes in a similar era. I think that Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was good for this assignment, however it was a bit too slow moving for me.
kw50197 More than 1 year ago
Like Frankenstein, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a tale of a good man who lets his ambitions lead him astray. But unlike Frankenstein, where one should not judge by looks alone, Mr. Hyde is exactly as he appears. To borrow a cliche, evil incarnate. While most of Frankenstein is told from a first-person's perspective, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is narrated by several people who have either met Hyde or knows Jekyll. If I wasn't already aware of how the story played out, I imagine this would have been a great setup for the dramatic revelation at the end. As it is, there are times when I couldn't help but forget about the ending in my search for any tell-tale hints early on to clue in the reader. There are a few but I'm not sure I could have made the correct deduction on my own. The battle between the personalities of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is supposed to reflect the duality of man, a battle of good versus evil. If so, the ending is a rather pessimistic outlook isn't it ? Mr. Hyde as the personification of evil may not have escaped just punishment but at least in his struggles with Dr. Jekyll, he gained the upper hand. However if the winner of their battle was Dr. Jekyll, the tale might not have been as memorable. That is my take at least. An enjoyable read. Definitely should be read at least once.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this book. It is scary in some parts but is great over all. Anyone under the age of 10 shouldn't read this book. But besides that it is pretty good book about a man finds a wy to split the good and evil in him to to diffrent beings while still being one. Hard to describe but after you read it you will get what I am saying. You should read this book!
RebeccaScaglione More than 1 year ago
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson may have a long title, but it's a short book to read. The Strange Case is about the duality of man: good versus evil, and how everyone has that inside of them. Mr. Utterson, the lawyer, finds it odd that his good friend Dr. Jekyll has amended his will in order to leave everything to Mr. Hyde. This is strange because Mr. Hyde is an unappealing man, possibly deformed, not to mention evil, having caused major disturbances and a horrific crime. Dr. Jekyll won't get into his relationship with Mr. Hyde, but Mr. Utterson is going to get down to the bottom of the situation eventually! I really enjoyed this book. It was short, and while I kind of knew what the premise was, there were pieces I did not know, which made it a better read. You should read it if you enjoy classics, a little bit of horror, and short novels! Everyone has good and evil inside of them, and most people work on a balance between the two, shifting more to the good side than the evil side. But what if those two sides could be separated? Would you want to separate your good side and evil side into two separate people? Thanks for reading, Rebecca @ Love at First Book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it but i'm gonna sleep with the lights on tonight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The letters are quite confused, making this impractical to read. Try the Gutenberg edition instead.
Guest More than 1 year ago
im a 14 year old who read this book over the summer for high school next year. I thought it was one of the better books i have read. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books ever written by Robertson. It is about a doctor named Dr. Henry Jekyll. He discovers a potion that can divide his good and evil side. It is narrated by Mr. Utterson. It is set in London, England in the late 1800s or 19th century. The setting is by the mention of wine all through out the book. The author creates suspension by shifting point-of-views. The main theme is dual nature. Man is not good and evil, but a combination of both. The symbolism is great. The book has lots of hidden meanings and can go one way or another. The book is not really believable, but you might believe it depending on who you are. I loved the theme of the book. I also loved how pithy it was. Eventhough the book says that Mr. Hyde is pure evil, there is actually no proof in the novel that makes him worse than your average murderer. Books like Dracula are long and have no excitement, but Robertson uses suspense and makes it exciting. I especially loved the contradiction between good and evil. The book was very close to being realistic. The author used a lot of vocabulary from the 19th century and a wide variety. I had to read this book for my Outside Reading Project and it was very good. Trust me you will love it. Don't use cliff notes, you miss the meaning and ecitement of the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde¿ is a very quick, but interesting read. The genre is a mix between a mystery and a horror. The book, over all, has a dark feel to it, which adds a hint of gloominess.

Robert Louis Stevenson delivers the content of this book very well. Throughout the novel, there is an uncomfortable feeling that dwells in the reader¿s mind. The only thing that isn¿t done well is that the outcome of the story was fairly obvious. A factor that might contribute to this is that the tale is very well known in our society. It is still a great read for those who know the story and for those who don¿t.

Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was a really good book. It caught your attention from the beginning of the story.The only thing about the book I didn't like was that it was kind of hard to keep up with. But it had a terrifc suprise ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is probably the best book I've ever read. Me being just 14 you may say, ' Oh what does this kid know?' Well I've read enough books to know that this is indeed a great book. The book has just one plot but, tops everything off with an ironic and twisted ending. You probably have allready asummed the ending, but if you had no idea of what this book was about you would be in complete ahhhhhhh over it. Very exciting. Set down on a Monday to begin reading it and finished the following night. It's considered a 'Can't put downer'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What I think of this book is pretty cool but strange. When first I start to read this book everyhting was weird even the characterization. Then I get used to it and it gets more intersting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the three best horror books ever made along with Mary Shelly's 'Frankenstein' and Bram Stoker's 'Dracula.' I think everyone should read it to see if they like it.
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InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
The actual story of Jekyll and Hyde is different than what I expected it to be (LESS creepier, in fact!). It is told simply about a man who can, quite literally, change from one appearance to another, thus creating the effect of two persons. One admittedly better-spirited, and the other having a dark soul.  As classics go, this one is written very well. Certainly not a favorite of mine, but still it was worth the read, just to see what it was like.
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I just love the book
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