If you’ve never read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, go get it from your library today! It’s under 75 pages and you’ll understand the cultural references to it forevermore.
Henry Jekyll is a talented and respected doctor in London, but he has a shadowy and cruel new friend, Mr. Edward Hyde. Assaults and murders seem to follow Mr. Hyde’s sporadic appearances. Dr. Jekyll’s long-time friend, John Utterson, wonders how has evil Mr. Hyde suddenly become honorable Dr. Jekyll’s closest friend?
The story is based on a recurring nightmare of Robert Louis Stevenson’s. He wrote the original manuscript in 3 days, but his wife found it too disturbing so he threw it in the fire. But a few days later he wrote the story out again and the 2nd version became this classic.
High School Reading Level, 64 pages, Science Fiction, Published in 1885.