Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, available as a free download, is wonderfully adapted for the intermediate reader. This gothic novel, published in 1886 by Robert Louis Stevenson, revolves around Dr. Henry Jekyll and the mysterious Edward Hyde in a classic exploration of good and evil. This suspenseful story takes place in Victorian London and is told primarily from the point of view of Dr. Jekyll’s friend and lawyer, Gabriel John Utterson. The novel is a reflection on human nature, good and evil, the limits of scientific experimentation, and the effects of addiction. Students should enjoy the novel’s interesting plot, intriguing characters, and rich, evocative language.
Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Scotland in 1850. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is probably Stevenson’s most popular work. He also wrote popular works such as Treasure Island (1883) and Kidnapped (1886) as well as a famous book of poetry, A Child’s Garden of Verses (1885).
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