Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: The Story

Jekyll and Hyde

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The writing and influence of the classic story

Written in a feverish six days, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was an immediate bestseller, tapping into contemporary preoccupations with evolution, consciousness and psychology, and has inspired many interpretations and adaptations. 

‘I had long been trying to write a story on this subject, to find a body, a vehicle for that strong sense of man’s double being which must at times come in upon and overwhelm the mind of every thinking creature.’ 

Roger Luckhurst, Kate Colquhoun and Charlie Higson discuss the history, interpretations and lasting influence of Stevenson’s  tale. Chaired by Alex Clark. 

Roger Luckhurst is the editor of the Oxford World’s Classics edition of Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and has written widely on the Gothic and the supernatural in the late Victorian period. He is the author of the cultural histories, The Invention of Telepathy, The Mummy’s Curse and Zombies. He is a professor of modern literature at Birkbeck College, University of London. 

Kate Colquhoun is a writer of non-fiction and a journalist, reviewer and broadcaster. Her books, which include Did She Kill Him? and Mr Briggs’ Hat, have been short- and long-listed for several prizes including the CWA Dagger, the Duff Cooper and the Samuel Johnson. 

Charlie Higson is a successful author, actor, producer, comedian and writer for television, film and radio. His Young Bond series has sold over a million copies in the UK and has been translated into 25 different languages. His TV work writing work includes Saturday Live, Harry Enfield’s Television Programme, Randall and Hopkirk Deceased, Miss Marple, the sitcom Swiss Toni, and the BAFTA-winning sketch show The Fast Show, which he co-created, co-produced and starred in with Paul Whitehouse. Charlie is a regular judge on the BBC’s 500 words short story competition for kids. In 2015, Charlie was show-runner, creator and lead writer on the critically acclaimed ITV Sunday night 10 part drama series, Jekyll and Hyde

Alex Clark is a critic, journalist and broadcaster, and guest artistic director at the 2019 Cambridge Literary Festival. She writes on a wide range of subjects for the
Guardian, the Observer, the Spectator and the Times Literary Supplement. She has judged many literary awards, including the 2008 Man Booker prize. She regularly chairs live events, appears on radio and is the host of a monthly podcast for Vintage publishing.

Image: ‘The features seemed to melt and alter’ Jekyll and Hyde illustration by Edmund J Sullivan


Name: Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: The Story
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