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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Published: 1886
Language: English
Wordcount: 25,289 / 69 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 76.6
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 28,038 6635

The gripping novel of a London lawyer who investigates strange occurrences surrounding his old friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and the misanthropic Mr. Edward Hyde.The work is known for its vivid portrayal of a split personality, split in the sense that within the same person there is both an apparently good and an evil personality each being quite distinct from the other.

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only differed on some point of science," he thought; and being a man of no scientific passions (except in the matter of conveyancing), he even added: "It is nothing worse than that!" He gave his friend a few seconds to recover his composure, and then approached the question he had come to put. "Did you ever come across a protege of his--one Hyde?" he asked.

"Hyde?" repeated Lanyon. "No. Never heard of him. Since my time."

That was the amount of information that the lawyer carried back with him to the great, dark bed on which he tossed to and fro, until the small hours of the morning began to grow large. It was a night of little ease to his toiling mind, toiling in mere darkness and beseiged by questions.

Six o'clock struck on the bells of the church that was so conveniently near to Mr. Utterson's dwelling, and still he was digging at the problem. Hitherto it had touched him on the intellectual side alone; but now his imagination also was engaged, or rather enslaved; and as he lay and toss

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.3 from 6 reviews: *****

One of the books I didn't read until later on in life. The story of Jekyll and Hyde is so much better than anything portrayed in the movies. A real must read if you want to enjoy a dark and evil tale. Great book!

Carl Heerwagen

Never mind the fanciful movies. This is a story of the dangers of drug abuse. I've seen similar reactions in my friends who use hard drugs. an early warning back in the 1800s.


Banish the Hollywood plot lines from your mind before you read this. There's no love interest, and the story is even darker than the films.


its a great story!! then it all gets ruined when you have to go through it analysing every word for English coursework.

Fernando Barros

A great story! A classic of the horror/suspense genre.


A lawyer, Charles Utterson, investigates the strange link that the misanthropic man Edward Hyde has to his friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll.

The investigation begins as a matter of curiosity, despite Jekyll's assurances that Hyde is nothing to worry about. That changes when Hyde is seen murdering Member of Parliament. As Utterson assists in the investigation of the crime, Jekyll becomes more and more reclusive and Utterson comes to believe that the doctor is abetting Mr. Hyde...



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