The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was published in 1886 and is one of the best known of Stevenson’s novels. It concerns the way in which an individual is made up of contrary emotions and desires: some good and some evil. Through the curiosity of Utterson, a lawyer, we learn of the ugly and violent Mr Hyde and his odd connection to the respectable Dr Jekyll who pays out a cheque for Hyde’s despicable behaviour. A brutal murder follows. The dead man is one of Utterson’s clients, Sir Danvers Carew. The murder weapon was, unbelievably a cane Utterson had given to Jekyll. As such, the lawyer becomes entangled in the strange world of the physician Jekyll who it transpires has created a drug that separates his good and evil natures - purifying the doctor himself but with the ghastly side effect of periods spent as the monstrous Hyde. We follow Utterson as he investigates with Poole, Jekyll’s butler, the seeming contradictions in the doctor’s actions and his increasingly hermit-like existence in his laboratory. As the truth is about to surface, tragic events occur that end the whole affair dramatically and conclusively
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About the Author
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), a Scottish author of novels, poems, and essays, is best known for the classic books Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson remains popular for his celebrated contributions to the adventure and horror genres.
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Hollywood made three major versions of this short story. The first was silent starring John Barrymore, the second with Frederick March and an Oscar Winner too and the third with Spencer Tracy that was more Freud than Stevenson. Even the British Hammer Films did a fine version flipping the roles by having Dr. Jekyll be bearded and old looking and Hyde handsome. Of course the most overlook Hollywood film was with Comedian Jerry Lewis in the original "The Nutty Professor" were the Jekyll character is a bucktooth nerd College Professor and the Hyde character was Lewis doing a take off his ex-partner Dean Martin's lounge acts. The point is none of these attempts was close to the classic short story which is really divided into two parts by the author. The first half of the work is a murder mystery revolving around a strange looking man named Edward Hyde leading to his apparent suicide. The second half may actually be a little Freudian as we learn the truth behind the evil Mr. Hyde and his connection with the good Dr. Henry Jekyll. I rate this along side of Stevenson's "The Body Snatchers."