Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

A medley of 10 miscellani based on the story of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

#1     Every great author can benefit from a second opinion. Robert Louis Stevenson stormed out of the room throwing pages of his manuscript at his wife, Fanny, when she observed that he was missing the point regarding his character, Dr. Jekyll. She mentioned to Stevenson that his character should be more like all of us with natures that combine both good and bad characteristics. After calming down from his temper tantrum, RLS spent the next 3 days rewriting the story creating a dual-personality for Dr. Jekyll much to the pleasure of his literary public, his publisher and his bank account. And...from that point on Fanny became his most sought after critic.

Read more about Fanny Stevenson in Alexandra Lapierre's excellent biography, Fanny Stevenson: A Romance of Destiny .

With  Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde  in mind, who is your favorite split-personality character listed below?

(a) The Batman cartoon series', Detective Harvey Dent/"Two Face"
(b) Dr. Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk
(c) Jerry Lewis/The Nutty Professor
(d) Norman Osborn/Green Goblin of Spiderman

Harvey Dent/"Two-Face"

Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk

The Nutty Professor

The Green Goblin in action.

Listen to The Who's song, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. Its claim to fame? It was on the B-side of their single, Call Me Lightning, that was released in the U.S. You can find it on their album, The Magic Bus: The Who on Tour. Missing those 45-rpm records....

Watch the movie trailer to the 1941 Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde movie starring Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman.

How do YOU pronounce Jekyll?  (Here) is how RLS expected it to be pronounced.

How well do you know the story of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde? Find out by taking a quiz.

DJ&MH Trivia:  

*The book was an instant success.
*By 1901, it had sold over 250,000 copies
                * There are 123 film versions of the story

What do the duo of  Abbott & Costello have in common with Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde? Give up? You can find them both here!

Listen to the entire book on Librivox audio for free.    

Tell me how this classic ended up on a Goodreads Best Unappreciated Books list. Who doesn't appreciate this story?