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"

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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 Also included are historical documents on criminality and degeneracy, the “Jack the Ripper” murders, the “double brain,” and London in the 1880s.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.

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.