Originally titled The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde when first published in 1886, this short novella continues to "transform" readers today. Dr Jekyll, after drinking a potion designed in his laboratory to free his mind from all morality and conscience, turns into the morally corrupt and heinous Mr. Hyde. As time passes, Jekyll starts becoming Hyde without the use of the potion. The transformation from a good man to an evil one is consumated when Hyde murders a man on the street in a fit of anger.
Stevenson's study of the duality in people is as potent today as it was over 100 years ago. The Jekyll and Hyde story has been performed in dozens of major theatrical productions over the years and his also been filmed over 20 times. Popular culture often refers to a person whose personality and demeanor change back and forth rapidly as a "Jekyll and Hyde." The version of the story linked here includes an interesting essay from famed author Vladimir Nabokov introducing the book. Check catalog for availability.
Other classic adventure stories from Robert Louis Stevenson include:
A swashbuckling adventure on the high seas with pirate Long John Silver, Jim Hawkins and buried treasure.
Orphan David, while searching for his birthrite, finds adventure and intrigue after waking up in the hold of a ship destined for colonial America. An action packed story for both young and old!
- Submitted by Dan @ Central