This famous novella was first published in 1886. It tells the story of a London lawyer named Gabriel John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, and the misanthropic Edward Hyde. The story is commonly associated with the mental condition called a “split personality”, where the same person has at least two distinct personalities. In this case, the two personalities in Dr Jekyll are apparently good and evil, with completely opposite views of morality. Due to the novel’s fame, the phrase “Jekyll and Hyde” has become a part of everyday speech. The novella was an immediate success and it is one of Stevenson’s most popular works.
|Title page of the first edition|