The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

by Robert Louis Stevenson

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The novel begins with "Mr. Utterson the lawyer" going for a walk with his friend and relative Mr. Enfield. They walk past a door, which somehow prompts Mr. Enfield to tell a sad story: a brute of a man knocked down a little girl, everyone yelled at the rude man, the man offered to pay a lot of money and disappeared through the door only to return with a large check drawn from Dr. Jekyll's bank account. The nasty man? None other than Mr. Hyde.

Mr. Utterson, it turns out, is Dr. Jekyll's lawyer, and we find out that in the event of Dr. Jekyll's death or disappearance, his entire estate is to be turned over to Mr. Hyde. Mr. Utterson, who thinks highly of Dr. Jekyll, is extremely suspicious of this whole arrangement. He resolves to get to the bottom of this mystery. He hunts down Mr. Hyde and is suitably impressed with the evil just oozing out of Hyde's pores. He then asks Dr. Jekyll about these odd arrangements. Dr. Jekyll refuses to comment, and there the matter rests until "nearly a year later."

Cut to "nearly a year later." A prominent politician is brutally beaten to death. The murder is conveniently witnessed by a maid, who points to evil-oozing Mr. Hyde as the culprit. Everyone tries to hunt down this evil man, but with no success. Meanwhile, Dr. Jekyll is in great health and spirits; he entertains his friends (among them one Dr. Lanyon), gives dinner parties, and attends to his religious duties. Two months later, both Dr. Lanyon and Dr. Jekyll fall terribly ill, and claim to have irrevocably quarreled with each other. Dr. Lanyon dies, leaving mysterious documents in Mr. Utterson's possession, to be opened only if Dr. Jekyll dies or disappears. Dr. Jekyll remains in seclusion, despite frequent visits from Mr. Utterson.

Finally, one evening, Dr. Jekyll's butler visits Mr. Utterson at home. He's worried about his master and is convinced of foul play. The butler persuades Mr. Utterson to return to Dr. Jekyll's house, where they break into Dr. Jekyll's laboratory. They find Mr. Hyde dead on the floor, with Dr. Jekyll nowhere to be found.

Mr. Utterson finds several documents left to him, and goes back home to read both Mr. Lanyon's narrative and Dr. Jekyll's narrative, which, it turns out, are two parts of the same story. Since we're at the end of the story, author Robert Louis Stevenson figured it was about time to tell us what happened at the beginning. So we discover (through the documents left by the dead men) the following: by means of a potion, Dr. Jekyll was able to transform into Mr. Hyde and give in to a world of pleasure and self-serving crime. In his narrative, Dr. Jekyll writes that Mr. Hyde became ever more powerful and ever harder to control - in essence, the dominant personality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781535097581
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/28/2016
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 54
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.11(d)

About the Author

Born in Edinburgh in 1850 into a family of distinguished designers and engineers, Robert Lewis Balfour Stevenson inherited a love of travel and adventure despite being hindered throughout his life by weak lungs, perhaps tuberculosis. Stevenson studied law at university before pursuing a full-time literary career. He spent much of his life searching for more favourable climes before settling in Samoa with his wife, where he died in 1894.

Date of Birth:

November 13, 1850

Date of Death:

December 3, 1894

Place of Birth:

Edinburgh, Scotland

Place of Death:

Vailima, Samoa


Edinburgh University, 1875

Table of Contents

Story of the door; Search for Mr Hyde; Dr Jekyll was quite at ease; The Carew murder case; Incident of the letter; Remarkable incident of Dr Lanyon; Incident at the window; The last night; Dr Lanyon's narrative; Henry Jekyll's full statement of the case.

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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Collins Classics) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 116 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.
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it wus ok i ges. i stil hate it. baddd
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good but I need more of a motive to keep reading
sturlington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Along with FRANKENSTEIN and DRACULA, this short novel makes up the holy triumvirate of early horror. It asks the question: What is the nature of man's soul? The answer is that we all have a dark side, a side without a conscience, that lives only for its own pleasure without regard for anyone else. This is the Mr. Hyde that emerges when Jekyll drinks his magic potion, and he repulses everyone he meets. As Jekyll discovers, if we give free reign to the Hyde imprisoned within us, he grows stronger and asserts himself more and more, until he threatens to take over entirely. Despite being afflicted by the usual Victorian floridness of language (some skimming required), DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE is a highly readable, if rather circuitous, story. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the evolution of the horror genre.
john257hopper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A mixed bag of stories. The title story is a well deserved classic, where the sense of suspense is not in any way diminished by the fact that we all already know the answer to the mystery as to why the good Dr Jekyll has gone into seclusion and has made out his will to the horrible Mr Hyde. Markheim is an interesting story of guilt and conscience following a murder. Thrawn Janet, described in the preface to this edition as a masterpiece, I found however to be unreadable as it is wholly written (i.e. both the narrative and the dialogue) in Scots dialect that I simply could not get into. The Merry Men contains a lot of the same and just did not draw me in, though it had an interesting premise. Will O'the Mill started in a banal fashion, though it did have a bittersweet ending. I could not summon up the enthusiasm to read Ollala or the Treasure of Franchard on this second reading of the collection (I read the book in 1999 but remembered nothing of it, hence my re-reading).
BeSTAcademy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very strange case indeed!!!! 14yos was reading this one and narrating it for us during lunch each day. He did read a few of the other short stories in the book we borrowed from the library, but they were 'stupid'. I told him he could stop.
nimoloth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(Referring Only TO Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde)I liked this, having taken to reading a lot more old classics recently than I have before. The book was fairly easy to read once I got into it - in fact, I felt it read a lot like The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) in style. Slightly old fashioned but enjoyable to read once you get into the flow of it.It was written to begin with from the point of view of one character, Mr Utterson, but towards the end in the form of written documentation from Dr Jekyll and one other character, which lead to an interesting way of concluding the story. It was probably easiest and most concise to explain things from Jekyll's point of view!I wasn't sure what kind of character Dr Jekyll was to begin with, knowing only the very bare bones of the story beforehand. I find that with classic stories such as Dracula (Bram Stoker), or The Phantom of the Opera (Gaston Leroux), I know roughly what the story is but there are so many variations out there that I don't really know how the original goes. So with this book, I didn't know if Jekyll was written sympathetically or otherwise. As it turned out, by the end of the book, I found him to be a not overly redeeming character in his own right, independant of Hyde. I was sympathetic to him to begin with but after reading his explaination of things, it seemed to me that his motivations were more or less selfish to begin with. I still had some sympathy for his fate, but not that much.In all, it was an enjoyable book, quite short (more of a short story really) and would be a recommendation for anyone who likes a bit of a mystery and a classic style and setting. If you liked Sherlock Holmes, you'll like this - very similar.
Cillasi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book about the baser side of human nature and how easy it is for it to overpower your life if you allow it.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was another classic book, like the Phantom of the Opera, that I had heard a lot about but never actually sat down and read. It is a pretty quick read, well written, and fairly disturbing...although maybe not by today's standards.Most of the story is told from the viewpoint of Mr. Utterson, a lawyer who is a friend of Dr. Jekyll's and who observes Dr. Jekyll's strangeness from an outside perspective. Mr. Utterson has some experience bumping into Mr. Hyde as well and finds Mr. Hyde a most disturbing character. Most people know the premise behind the story, so the surprise twist at the ending isn't really a surprise. Basically Mr. Utterson tells you about Dr. Jekyll and how Dr. Jekyll's life is intertwined with the disturbing Mr. Hyde. Things culminate when Mr. Utterson receives a journal of Dr. Jekyll's that explains Dr. Jekyll's experiment in full.This is a dark, mysterious read. If would have been full of suspense had I not already known the story. From Mr. Utterson's point of view the things that happen to Dr. Jekyll and involving Mr. Hyde are disturbing and upsetting. It isn't until you read Dr. Jekyll's journal, at the end of the book, detailing his experiments that things get very creepy and a bit spooky.As a chemist I have to say that the chemistry described in the book and it's affect on Dr. Jekyll is ridiculous. I realize this is a work of fiction however and choose to ignore that, although I had to mention it.Stevenson's writing is very readable; and the mystery and gloominess pervading the story is distinct. The story is very engaging and I found myself hard-pressed to put the novel down. At times the language is dated and a bit wordy, but I expected that.Overall I am happy that I read this. It was nice to get the full version of the story and see what all following works were based on. It is a good piece of literature and an enjoyable read. Dr. Jekyll's journal at the end brings up some deeper questions about duplicity of personalities and the good and evil that dwells in all humans; so from that aspect it also gives the reader some food for thought.
AlexTheHunn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I first read this tale as a child (I was a precocious and voracious reader). I was in my stage of being fascinated by horror movies so I couldn't wait to read this. I was simultaneously delighted and disappointed. The disappointement stemmed from the lack of lurid action. I wanted a monster. But I was enthralled by the notion that psychological monsters might be even worse. I was only in 5th grade - I had never thought of that. And of course, there was the masterful writing. While I didn't read just junk, I also hadn't been exposed to much great writing and this was among the best I'd read up to that point. It was well constructed and masterfully handled. I couldn't have expressed it such at the time, but I knew I was reading something good.
Molly1221 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Have you ever wished to be someone else?Have you ever lokked at someone you know and thought?It is a book which talked about everyone has two sides,one side is good,but another side is bad and evil..Maybe that is why R.L Stevenson wrote this book.. Dr.Jekyll inveited a kind of medicine,and this medicine could maked him another person,who is very evil and did a lot of bad things,these things could makes him very excited and gave him a lot of fun.But in the teuth world,he is also a good Doctor and talked to his friends very mild-mannered..Maybe he cannot help himself,but it is dangerous thing to changed,however,Doctor didn't ignore these,he just did his things.. That's ture everyone has two sides,good self and evil self,but we cannot give any changes to evil selves to do any things,because if you changed into that other person,then you might become that other person--and you might find it difficult to be yourself again..
fundevogel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story has a good premise but it isn't really realized, possibly due to the irregular format. The book doesn't read like a typical novel. Instead it is broken into several small, greatly overlapping parts each narrating the course of events as they were percieved by a character. The first section is told by the lawyer Utterson, who suspects his friend the doctor is being blackmailed by Mr. Hyde, then the reader is presented with the account of Dr. Lawson to whom Mr. Hyde's identity is revealed near the end of the events of the story and finally you get the story according to Dr. Jekyll. Mr. Hyde is of course uninterested in recording his experiences.The problem is that though the idea of building a complete narrative from various points of view is a good one in this case its done rather sloppily. The accounts are more repetitive than complementary and it isn't until the last one that the idea of the duality of man is introduced in a last minute hamfisted sort of way. It reminds me of the last chapter of Brave New World where Huxley decided to spell out what his book was all about as if it wasn't already obvious to the most disinterested of readers. The only difference is Huxley didn't need that chapter to explain his intent, where as the ideas Stevenson invoked weren't at all hinted at in the rest of his book. I've heard this book was written very quickly and surmise that it's parts are akin to the scraps of writing a writer produces in the early stages of writing to flesh out their thoughts and possibly rework to actually use in the story. But Stevenson never got any further in developing his novel he just strung together the bits of writing he whipped out and called it a novella. It a real shame since it's a good story and even with the horribly bad structure and organization you can tell that Stevenson knew how to put words on the page, even if he didn't bothered to put his words to unified purpose. The edition I read also included the short stories "The Body Snatcher", "Markheim" and "The Bottle Imp". These also had a tendency to ramble on longer than necessary. Perhaps he was paid by the inch? However they were better told and were fairly sophisticated horror stories with interesting premises. Markheim in particular is the sort of story that would be an interesting piece to analyze for a literature class. It touches on similar themes to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde but is exponentially better at communicating them.
mbmackay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
RLS's long short story (or short novella) telling the tale of the good doctor and his evil alter ego. There are shades of early sci-fi here, with the drug made up of "volatile salts" that allow Jeckyll to switch personas. Supposedly inspired by the case of an 18th century Edinburgh society figure who dabbled in organised burglary in the evenings, the title has become the accepted phrase for the duality of human nature. Read November 2011.