Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Third Edition
  • Publication Date: April 14, 2015
  • ISBN: 9781554810246 / 1554810248
  • 232 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Third Edition

  • Publication Date: April 14, 2015
  • ISBN: 9781554810246 / 1554810248
  • 232 pages; 5½" x 8½"

First published in 1886 as a “shilling shocker,” Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde takes the basic struggle between good and evil and adds to the mix bourgeois respectability, urban violence, and class conflict. The result is a tale that has taken on the force of myth in the popular imagination. This Broadview edition provides a fascinating selection of contextual material, including contemporary reviews of the novel, Stevenson’s essay “A Chapter on Dreams,” and excerpts from the 1887 stage version of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Also included are historical documents on criminality and degeneracy, the “Jack the Ripper” murders, the “double brain,” and London in the 1880s.

New to this third edition are an appendix on the figure of the Victorian gentleman and an expanded selection of letters related to the novel; the introduction and bibliography have also been updated to reflect recent criticism.

A companion website (Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: Online Theory and Criticism) offering a selection of over 30 key scholarly articles on the novel, background information on literary theory, and other helpful student resources, can be purchased separately by clicking here.

For an excerpt from the appendices of Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, please see our blog post: The “Umbrella-Philosopher” According to R.L. Stevenson.


“Martin Danahay provides an authoritative text, an excellent introductory commentary, an up-to-date bibliography, and a well-chosen set of contextualizing appendices. For an in-depth understanding of Stevenson’s masterpiece of horror, this is the text of choice.” — Patrick Brantlinger, Indiana University

“Martin Danahay’s edition of Jekyll and Hyde is a treasure trove of biographical, cultural, and historical materials. It makes a number of important contexts for interpretation available through its accessible but intriguing assemblage of ancillary documents. It cannot fail to be the inspiration for deeper investigations of a masterpiece that is itself at the crossroads of Victorian anxieties about sex, class, psychology, evolution, and the rise of popular culture.” — John Kucich, University of Michigan

Preface to the Third Edition
Robert Louis Stevenson: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Appendix A: Stevenson’s “A Chapter on Dreams” (1888)

Appendix B: Stevenson’s “Markheim” (1884)

Appendix C: Stevenson’s Deacon Brodie (1879)

Appendix D: Letters, 1885–86

Appendix E: Stevenson in Bournemouth, 1884–87

Appendix F: Reviews of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

  1. Unsigned, The Times (25 January 1886)
  2. Julia Wedgewood, Contemporary Review (April 1886)
  3. From Henry James, Partial Portraits (1894)
  4. John Addington Symonds to Robert Louis Stevenson, (3 March 1886)
  5. Punch (6 February 1886)

Appendix G: The Stage Version of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Appendix H: Degeneration and Crime

  1. From Charles Darwin, The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872)
  2. From Gina Lombroso Ferrero, Criminal Man According to the Classification of Cesare Lombroso (1911)
  3. From Max Nordau, Degeneration (1895)

Appendix I: London in the 1880s

  1. From George Augustus Sala, Gaslight and Daylight with Some London Scenes they Shine Upon (1872)
  2. From Arthur Ransome, Bohemia in London (1912)
  3. From J. Milner Fothergill, The Town Dweller: His Needs and Wants (1889)
  4. From William Booth, In Darkest England and the Way Out (1890)

Appendix J: “Jack the Ripper”

  1. New York Times (9 September 1888)
  2. The Times (10 September 1888)
  3. Punch (15 September 1888)
  4. Punch (22 September 1888)
  5. Punch (29 September 1888)
  6. Punch (13 October 1888)
  7. From D.G. Halstead, Doctor in the Nineties (1959)

Appendix K: Victorian Pyschology

  1. From Thomas Carlyle, “The Age of Romance” (1837)
  2. From Henry Maudsley, “The Double Brain” (1889)
  3. From F.H. Myers, “Multiplex Personality” (1886)
  4. From James Sully, “The Dream as Revelation” (1893)
  5. From Richard Krafft-Ebing, Pyschopathia Sexualis (1886)
  6. Punch Cartoon (12 August 1882)

Appendix L: The Victorian Gentleman: Body and Clothing

  1. From Robert Louis Stevenson, “Gentlemen” (May 1888)
  2. From Robert Louis Stevenson, “Some Gentlemen in Fiction” (June 1888)
  3. From Robert Louis Stevenson, “The Philosophy of Umbrellas” from Lay Morals and Other Papers (1911)
  4. From Robert Louis Stevenson, “The Character of Dogs” (1887)
  5. “The Grand Old Name of Gentleman,” Punch (21 January 1888)
  6. From John Henry Newman, The Idea of a University Defined and Illustrated (1854)
  7. From John Ruskin, Letter to Miss Constance Oldham (9 April 1876)
  8. From R. H. Hutton “The Clothes of the Mind,” The Spectator (2 March 1867)

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Martin A. Danahay is Professor of English at Brock University.

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Online Contents

Articles on Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

  1. Vladimir Nabokov, from “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”
  2. Stephen Heath, from “Psychopathia sexualis: Stevenson’s Strange Case
  3. Gordon Hirsch, from “Frankenstein, Detective Fiction, and Jekyll and Hyde
  4. Patrick Brantlinger and Richard Boyle, from “The Education of Edward Hyde: Stevenson’s ‘Gothic Gnome’ and the Mass Readership of Late-Victorian England”
  5. Peter Garrett, from “Cries and Voices: Reading Jekyll and Hyde
  6. William Veeder, from “Children of the Night: Stevenson and Patriarchy”
  7. Elaine Showalter, “Dr. Jekyll’s Closet”
  8. Daniel Wright, from “‘The Prisonhouse of My Disposition’: A Study of the Psychology of Addiction in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”
  9. Anne Stiles, from “Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde and the Double Brain”
  10. Jane Rago, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: A ‘Men’s Narrative’ of Hysteria and Containment”
  11. Linda Dryden, from “‘City of Dreadful Night’: Stevenson’s Gothic London”
  12. Stephen Arata, from “The Sedulous Ape: Atavism, Professionalism, and Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde

Foundational Theory Articles

  1. Feminism and Queer Theory
    1. Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, from “The Queen’s Looking Glass: Female Creativity, Male Images of Women, and the Metaphor of Literary Paternity”
    2. Michel Foucault, “The Perverse Implantation”
    3. Judith Butler, from “Performative Acts and Gender Constitution”
    4. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, from “The Beast in the Closet”
  2. Marxism
    1. Karl Marx, from The Communist Manifesto
    2. Karl Marx, from Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts
  3. New Criticism
    1. Cleanth Brooks, “The Formalist Critics”
  4. Postcolonial Theory
    1. Homi Bhabha, from “Signs Taken for Wonders: Questions of Ambivalence and Authority under a Tree Outside Dehli, May 1817”
  5. Psychoanalytic Theory
    1. Sigmund Freud, from “The Material and Sources of Dreams”
    2. Sigmund Freud, from The Ego and the Id
  6. Semiotics
    1. Ferdinand de Saussure, from Course in General Linguistics
  7. Poststructuralism
    1. Jacques Derrida, from “Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences”
  8. Theory and the Gothic
    1. Sigmund Freud, from “The Uncanny”
    2. J.J. Cohen, from “Monster Culture (Seven Theses)”
    3. Julia Kristeva, from Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection

Introduction to Theory

  1. Affect Theory
  2. Animal Studies
  3. Cultural Materialism
  4. Deconstruction
  5. Ecocriticism
  6. Feminist and Gender-Based Criticism and Theory
  7. Formalism, New Formalism, and New Criticism
  8. Historicism and New Historicism
  9. Marxist Theory and Criticism
  10. Mythopoeic Theory and Criticism
  11. Narratology and Narrative Theory
  12. Postcolonial Theory
  13. Print Culture and History of the Book
  14. Psychoanalytic Criticism
  15. Queer Theory
  16. Reader Response Theory
  17. Structuralism and Poststructuralism

Visual Material

  1. From Illustrated Editions
  2. Newspaper Articles
  3. Other Visual Materials

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