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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: And Other Tales of Terror

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  98,548 ratings  ·  904 reviews
"The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" Stevenson's famous exploration of humanity's basest capacity for evil, has become synonymous with the idea of a split personality. More than a moral tale, this dark psychological fantasy is also a product of its time, drawing on contemporary theories of class, evolution, criminality, and secret lives. Also in this volume are "T ...more
Paperback, Abridged, 224 pages
Published May 28th 2002 by Penguin Classics (first published January 5th 1886)
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Dustin

Introduction

Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto was originally published on Christmas Eve, 1764, and would serve as a primary origin in holiday publication. It's also considered one of the first gothic horror stories. Traditionally, the genre was characterized by settings in or "around ancient castles or monasteries deep in the gloomy forests, [and] involving proud Italian or Spanish nobles and the machinations of corrupt ecclesiastics."
This was a quickly growing literary trend. Some willing
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Merna
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I surprisingly did not already know the mystery behind Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, but the penguin classic I picked up presumed that I did since everyone knows. duh! Don't you know Penguin that some people do truly live under a rock?

The is a novella, so I didn't get overly attached to any aspect of the story. It didn't help that I already knew the mystery which took out any feeling of curiosity. The writing was beautiful and creepy. However, the story was far from being frightening. Victorian sensibi
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Orient

I quite enjoyed the adventure through the Tales of horror with creepy moments, interesting twists and some beating around the bush. The eternal fight between good and evil. A doomed personality with an inner fight between social acknowledgement and dark needs. My favorite tale is
“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. It is one of the reasons why I chose this book. I saw some adaptations and wanted to reach the real core of the story. And what did I find? (view spoiler)
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Jovan Autonomašević
Forget all the films you've seen and open this book with an open mind. It is a brilliant horror story, and more besides. The story gradually gathers pace, with the chapters increasing in length as the reader is drawn ever deeper into the horror of the hero's fate. The story is told via the observations of the hero's friends, until at the very end, the hero's own words take up the narrative and reveal the terrible mystery that has been building up until then. But beyond the horror story, it is a ...more
Mimi
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd forgotten how high-strung, anxious, and creepy Victorian horror writing could be. Perhaps it's creepy because it's so uptight...

This is my third time through "Jekyll and Hyde" and first time through the other two stories; one is about genetic vampirism and the other a pair of serial killers (inspired by the Burke and Hare murders).

All three stories are quick reads, perfect for those times when you're alone at night waiting for a bus or train that's running late.

It's always made me wonder wh
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Melania 🍒
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,85/5

I really liked this, so much more than expected.
Jess
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This contains three separate reviews : 1 ) The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 2) The Body Snatcher and 3) Olalla

1) The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Jekyll/Hyde is such a part of modern pop culture, it even managed to work its way into an episode of CBBC's Arthur as a song (see Exhibit A above)- does anyone else remember this??!!

So many people have heard of the 'Jekyll and Hyde personality' but so few have read the 70ish pages that actually constitute to the original story
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Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
My mind is already trying to work out how exactly to stage this, even though I know it's been done before. For some reason, I feel like two different actors for the two separate personalities would be interesting, but it sort of negates the fact that both these personalities inhabit the same individual, doesn't it? Hm. Back to the drawing board, for now.

Otherwise I'm fairly pleased to finally be able to say I've read the original novel (novella? short story? whatever it is) because I've known se
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Latasha
it's interesting how in the book Hyde is dwarfish because he reflects Jekyll's undeveloped wickedness but they always make him big & scary in the movies.

reread:
I don't like this book as much as I feel I should, being a horror fan girl and all. sorry!
Nandakishore Varma
I didn't enjoy the story much when I originally read it as a teen, as I was expecting a horror story - which it was not. Maybe time for a re-read.
Wanda
I wonder if this story had any influence on Carl Jung’s shadow theory—that we each have a shadow self to embody our negative traits, as Henry Jekyll quite literally does with his alter-ego, Edward Hyde.

Stevenson had surely studied Descartes’ philosophy. René Descartes (and his theory of mind/body duality) has an awful lot to answer for. Our whole Western world view tends towards dividing the world into two camps: us & them, man & nature, church & state, those for us & those agai
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
I reread this in preparation for a Netgalley selection.
I forgot that Hyde is actually a dwarfish man with outrageously violent tendencies and an evil disposition. He’s always portrayed as some ginormous animal man. To think that this brilliant scientist discovered a deadly potion to allow himself to live out his basest fantasies. He killed, stole, drank excessively, and was a general neighborhood terror feeling entitled invincible. So what kind of poison do our young adults ingest nowadays? Tha
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Ben Babcock
This one of those tales that have percolated down through culture but that most of us have never actually read. I assigned it as a short reading assignment for my sixth form English class, something we could cut our teeth on while we start looking at the possibilities for texts to study this year. They were all familiar with the general idea, though I was surprised to find out that one of them was surprised that Jekyll and Hyde were the same person!

Oh, yeah, oops … spoilers.

Anyway, this is a lov
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Eredin (The Book Scourge)
While the characters may lack a certain something, the gothic atmosphere and background more than make up for it in all three chilling short stories.

Laila A
TOO SHORT.
NEED MOAR.
SO GOOD.
NEED MOAR.
Kirsty Hanson
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a book that captured the minds of millions of people when it was first published in 1886. 201 years later, this captivating novella by Robert Louis Stevenson is a book that delves into the question of dual identities and the repression of society.

Dr. Jekyll has discovered the ultimate drug. A chemical that can turn him into something else. Suddenly, he can unleash his deepest cruelties in the guise of the sinister Hyde. Transforming himself at will,
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Charlie Raffaele
I didn't enjoy Jekyll and Hyde as much as I might have, since I was aware of the majority of the themes and the plot, long before I started it. This meant that much of the plot is predictable and lacks the sense of mystery it might have had when it was first released. It is also very dated, lacking much of the context in which it was originally released. This took away much of the impact that the book might have had. With both of these difficulties and its short length, it feels rather empty , a ...more
Emilie Emzbooksandco
4.5/5
This was my second reading of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and I’m still impressed by Stevenson’s words. This book is marvelous, stunning, gorgeous.
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
The potion that makes you change! How many horror movies have swiped this idea!
Dimitra
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
There's something with R.L. Stevenson's wiriting style that makes me indecisive...
I can't say that I love it or hate it.
Well, definitely don't hate it! But it's not the best for me, as a reader.
These stories were pretty good! Creepy and beautiful!
Of course the classic story of Jekyll and Hyde was a must-read that I always wanted to read!
But Olalla was really good too! Maybe my favorite of this collection! I am a huge vampire fan, to be honest. And this was pure gothic romanticism!!!
Momo Chavez
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting collection of tales delving into the agathokakological tendencies of mankind, calling into question the duality of humanity whilst concurrently alluding to the contextual controversy regarding Darwin’s principles of origin. These gripping gothic horror short tales are rife with disturbing mystery, whilst operating within a Victorian moral framework. Love!
Linda

Dr Jekyll, a respectable man with many friends, surprises his surrounding acquaintances when starting to associate with a threatening character, named Mr Hyde, and even makes him his heir. This seems confusing and worrying from his friend Mr Utterson's point of view, and the latter decides to investigate the mysterious Mr Hyde a little closer.


Spoilers!

This is a very famous novel, but despite the fact that the mysterious secrets are already known, it was still interesting to analyze the character
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Alan
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was really great, absolute genius. It goes to show that in less than 70 pages an author can craft a connection between the novels protagonists and the reader that few other authors can muster in a 400 page work. Despite already knowing the outcome, the fact that Stevenson maintains our sense of tension of the 'unknown' is simply unbelievable.

Outside of the obvious interpretations, what stood out for me throughout the work is Stevensons brutal attack on social mores of the late 19th Century
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Beth
God, what a horrible, insufferable slog of a book. (This review refers solely to The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, not the other "tales of terror.")

My editions (GR doesn't list it) is 88 pages long. 88 pages has never felt longer or nastier or...yes, the crtiicism of the uneducated and impatient and blah blah blah, so BORING. It took me six days to read. For an 88 page book!

I'll admit it: I'm judging Jekyll and Hyde solely on the book I expected to get, rather than the book I got. Yes
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Brittany
I really liked the concept of the book. The split between good and evil in everyone, and how Jekyll devolved into basically pure evil in the end. I almost pitied him as he realized he would/could no longer exist, even though he didn't feel too remorseful about the things he did (aside from the killing of Carew). Also, the idea that Hyde may not have been purely evil, trying to change himself back to Jekyll before realizing it was useless and killing himself. I'm not sure if he was just killed hi ...more
The other John
The introduction to this book has a great quote: "...Stevenson's story is more known about than actually known..." This was certainly true for me, and ever since enjoying The League of Extra-ordinary Gentlemen*, I had a desire to change that. I finally managed to snag a copy of the tale and read it. As you probably know, it's the tale of a Doctor Henry Jekyll, who concocts a potion that transforms him into Mr. Edward Hyde, an amoral man without restraint. Or perhaps you can say that the potion r ...more
Jo
This is a book I've been wanting to read for years. I think most of us are somewhat familiar with the tale, even if we haven't seen a film version or read the book as it's now seeped into the subconscious of society. What surprised me was that it wasn't a first-person narrative as I was expecting an exploration of the psychology of Jekyll and his alter-ego. I was hoping for a little more action and angst. Still, I enjoyed Stevenson's writing style and I'm glad I've finally gotten around to this ...more
Sheree | Keeping Up With The Penguins
Read my full review of Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde on Keeping Up With The Penguins.

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was published in 1886 (and, yes, the original publication intentionally and infuriatingly left out the definite article that would have made the title grammatically correct, ugh). Stevenson managed to cram a lot into those 66 pages, and literary types continue to analyse Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde to death. The introduction to this edition (which is almost
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Merel
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: 3.5
The Body Snatcher: 4
Olalla: 3
Elpida (hopenwonders)
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: 4/5 stars
The Body Snatcher: 3.75/5 stars
Olalla: 4/5 stars
A Chapter on Dreams: 3.75/5 stars
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