Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

A short novel by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894), published in 1886. Stevenson wrote his allegorical novel after experiencing a nightmare, describing the story as ‘a fine bogey tale’. Jekyll’s nature has both good and evil facets. He aims to separate the two sides, by using a drug. Wicked aspects filter into his alter ego, the depraved Mr Hyde. Initially the transformations are effected successfully, but it becomes increasingly difficult to revert to being Jekyll. Stevenson explained: ‘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.’

Creator:
Robert Louis Stevenson
Published:
1886
Full title:
*Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde*
Forms:
Prose
Genre:
Victorian literature
Literary period:
Victorian

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