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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 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. 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.

Inspiration and writing

Robert Louis Stevenson Stevenson had long been intrigued by the idea…


John Utterson, a lawyer, is on his weekly walk with his relative…


Table of Contents:

  1. Inspiration and writing
  2. Plot
  3. Characters
    1. Dr. Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde
    2. Gabriel John Utterson
    3. Richard Enfield
    4. Dr. Hastie Lanyon
    5. Mr. Poole
    6. Inspector Newcomen
    7. Sir Danvers Carew, MP
    8. Maid
  4. Analysis
  5. Reception
  6. Adaptations
  7. References
  8. Further reading


  • Short stories by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • 1886 short stories
  • Novellas
  • Novels set in London
  • Gothic novels
  • Victorian novels
  • Works based on the Faust legend
  • Dissociative identity disorder in fiction

Robert Louis Stevenson:

  • Books
    • An Inland Voyage (1878)
    • Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (1879)
    • The Silverado Squatters (1883)
    • Memories and Portraits (1887)
    • Across the Plains (1892)
    • Eight Years of Trouble in Samoa (1892)
    • The Amateur Emigrant (1895)
  • Novels
    • Treasure Island (1883)
    • Prince Otto (1885)
    • Kidnapped (1886)
    • The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses (1888)
    • The Master of Ballantrae (1889)
    • The Wrong Box (1889)
    • The Wrecker (1892)
    • Catriona (1893)
    • The Ebb-Tide (1894)
    • Weir of Hermiston (1896)
    • St. Ives (1897)


Biographer Graham Balfour quoted Stevenson’s wife Fanny Stevenson:

In the small hours of one morning, […] I was awakened by cries of horror from Louis. Thinking he had a nightmare, I awakened him. He said angrily: “Why did you wake me? I was dreaming a fine bogey tale.” I had awakened him at the first transformation scene.

Quotes from “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”:

Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.

– Robert Louis Stevenson

It is one thing to mortify curiosity, another to conquer it.

– Robert Louis Stevenson

If I am the chief of sinners, I am the chief of sufferers also.

– Robert Louis Stevenson


Author Robert Louis Stevenson
Original title Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series None
Genre Drama, Horror, Thriller, Gothic, Science fiction
Publisher Longmans, Green & Co.
Publication date 5 January 1886

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