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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Paperback
by Robert Louis Stevenson. Edition Date:: 12/05/2013
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is the original title of a novella written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson that was first published in 1886. The work is commonly known today as The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or simply Jekyll & Hyde. It is about a London lawyer named Gabriel John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde. The work is commonly associated with the rare mental condition often spuriously called "split personality", referred to in psychiatry as dissociative identity disorder, where within the same body there exists more than one distinct personality. In this case, there are two personalities within Dr Jekyll, one apparently good and the other evil; completely opposite levels of morality. The novella's impact is such that it has become a part of the language, with the very phrase "Jekyll and Hyde" coming to mean a person who is vastly different in moral character from one situation to the next.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this 'classic'. I had never read the original story before. My depiction of Jekyll/Hyde has been shaped over a lifetime of modern portrayal. Reading the original story brings it into a whole new light and gives the reader a better understanding of what Stevenson was aiming for. Also, reading these 'Victorian' age stories gives a different outlook on how we see today, be it religion, psychology, or morality. I highly recomme

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