The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593081317
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 07/01/2004
Series: Barnes & Noble Classics Series
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 3,392
Product dimensions: 5.22(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.80(d)

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


Edinburgh University, 1875

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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 More than 1 year ago
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.
AmordeDios More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
like it so far good classics
ayushi30 More than 1 year ago
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. If you would like to read more of my reviews, please visit my blog at
Macias-Pereznieto More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!! :)
Sam_Benade More than 1 year ago
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.
jcmontgomery on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great book to read for Halloween. At it's core, a struggle between good and evil becomes personified. At novella length, it doesn't take much of a commitment to read this horrifying tale of an experiment gone wrong.
AmyElizabeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While not the best work of British literature I have read, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson, was definitely entertaining. As is most literature of this time and nature, the novel is dually purposed: that of a haunting story, and that of an intellectual dive into the duality of man.The story is told by Mr. Utterson, a reputable lawyer and friend of Dr. Henry Jekyll. While on a customary walk with an old friend, Mr. Utterson hears the story of a villainous, evil man, one Edward Hyde. Mr. Utterson is shocked and upset to hear that Mr. Hyde not only has a key to Dr. Jekyll's quarters, but that he has recently been named the sole heir to that same friend through his will.Due to a feeling of loyalty, Mr. Utterson sets to understanding the relationship between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and warning Dr. Jekyll of his uncertainty of the offensive man and his fear for his friend's safety and reputation. Along the way we are given the account of another friend of both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Utterson, one Dr. Lanyon, and then finally the confession of Dr. Jekyll himself. The narrative flows smoothly and it's not hard to follow who is speaking, since the chapters are adequately labeled.I'm sure just about everyone knows the story, so it won't be a spoiler to say that Dr. Jekyll is, in fact, Mr. Hyde. But the book is worth a read for several reasons. One, it's easy-to-read British literature, and that doesn't come along too often, I've found. It's also a quick read (I don't know the specific number of pages, but it's definitely a novella (less than 100 pages) rather than a novel. And three, Stevenson seamlessly integrated a horror story (at least by 19th century standards) and a true look at humanity's sense of good vs. evil without sounding preachy or boring. His story took the itangible concept (that of man being both good and evil, internally speaking) and showed us what that could look like if that same concept was made physically visible. There are marked physical differences between Jekyll and Hyde, and that's no coincidence. Evil incarnate is much different looking from the average Joe, but that's because the average Joe is both good and evil. I was fascinated by the delicate (and sometimes not so delicate) changes Stevenson made to the character in order to emphasize the differences but, as the story progresses and you see just how far Dr. Jekyll falls, it's intriguing to note just how alike and close the characters become.I won't give away any details because I think this is a book worth reading, but it just wasn't one of my favorites (probably because I'm not the biggest fan of scary stories). And because of that bias, I give it 3.5 out of 5. Note that this is the first time I've used a half star - this is because when I initially finished the book I gave it a 3, but now that I've had some time to digest and appreciate what Stevenson was trying to say, I want to give it a 4. So we'll settle with 3.5 and call it a day. Maybe I just have a soft spot for British literature (who would believe it, after 4 semesters' worth of reading the stuff?).
391 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A quick and compelling read - I really enjoyed reading it, despite knowing most of the plot points through general knowledge anyway.
kalyka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nineteenth century literature is filled with doppelganger stories, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde being the most famous of them. It explores the duality of human nature, good and evil, and the conflict within. The theme of split personality is also explored, although this story takes it to a literal sense and splits a person in two.The novella revolves around a lawyer who investigates a series of strange events surrounding the repulsive Mr. Edward Hyde, who has mysteriously "befriended" Dr. Jekyll. The most notable of these events is the murder of a high-placed London politician.Although the story is considered by many a classic, I frankly did not enjoy reading it. Everything just happens so fast, there's absolutely no suspense at all! Things fall into place much too quickly, there's no room for guesswork. It's all too obvious from the very beginning who committed the crimes described in the novella. It's supposed to be a mystery story, let there be place for mystery!I find that while it would be 'normal' to feel guilt and remorse after conducting such experiments as trying to split your person in two, Dr. Jekyll comes off as stupid, whiny, and selfish. He explains why he conducted such experiments on himself and how Mr. Hyde came more and more often to the forefront, and how he feels he's losing his mind, but did he not think of the consequences of his actions? Did he not think that while being Mr. Hyde, he could potentially cause great suffering? He became so obsessed by his little experiment that he lost the big picture; man is a duality by nature.
Mromano on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another of the 501 must reads. I enjoyed the novel, read in one sitting. The novel hints, but rarely tells, of the atrocities committed by the alter ego. For me, the most interesting part were the steps taken by Dr. Jekyll in trying to restore his good nature and thus repress the evil Hyde,who begins to appear spontaneously without the necessity of medication.
Bbec on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
read it! it won't take you long. well worth it.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book includes four stories, the Jekyll and Hyde story, "The Body-Snatcher," "Markheim" and The Bottle Imp. Classic suspense and horror from the 1800s, Robert Lewis Stevenson is a great tale teller. These are a quick read, but lots of fun if you put yourself in the right ghostly frame of mind to read them.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Something strange is going on with Dr. Jekyll. He is letting a new friend, Mr. Hyde, take over his life, and his friends don't like it. They try to warn him that Mr. Hyde is dangerous, but Dr. Jekyll won't listen. Only after Dr. Jekyll and a friend die tragically, does anyone learn the horrifying truth. If you've seen any of the movies or the recent stage musical, please forget them when reading this book. It is ten times better. While most of the suspense of the book, what is Dr. Jekyll's relationship to Mr. Hyde, has been ruined since the book first came out, that is no reason to skip the book. I was surprised to find this book is really an allegory about the struggle between good and evil in each of us. This novella is easy to read, but gets very powerful in the last section, Dr. Jekyll's account of the case. I first read it in high school and was quite hesitant since people usually refer to it as a horror story. Again, I find this comes more from the movies then the actual book. I view it more as a mystery with a tragic ending. I'm horrible with symbolism. Usually, when my teachers pointed something out, I thought they were grasping at straws. Here, the symbols lept off the page. It really gives anyone who reads it with an open mind a lot of think about. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the only book I read in high school that I enjoyed enough to go out and buy. It's really stuck with my after all these years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, but if you're new to the story, don't read past the 20th page of the Introduction, it has some mild spoilers in it.
Speedyessay More than 1 year ago
best book and very helpful for all and i love to read it again and again.
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