The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has had a huge impact on both literature and popular culture, to the point that it has become a part of the language, with the phrase “Jekyll and Hyde” entering the vernacular to refer to people with an unpredictably dual nature: usually very good, but sometimes shockingly evil. However, there are actually a lot of facts about the novel that you probably didn’t know.
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The book was written in a mere matter of days
During the time in which the book was penned, Robert Louis Stevenson was plagued with tuberculosis, and had recently suffered a lung hemorrhage. He was under strict doctor’s orders to avoid stress and excitement and just get rest. Yet, that didn’t stop him from writing the 30,000 word first draft in less than a week. He even wrote out his second draft in a similar amount of time, which is both crazy and incredible.
The book was an instant success
In half of a year, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde sold 40,000 copies, as well as 25,000 pirated copies in the United States. Within a year, there was a play about it, and soon thereafter there were productions in the United States as well.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was an inspiration for The Incredible Hulk
Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel on split personality was actually a major influence for the creation of The Incredible Hulk.
We all know the story of The Incredible Hulk. The incredible scientist, Dr. Bruce Banner, was caught in the blast of a test Gamma Bomb, which exposed him to seemingly fatal gamma radiation. He started to experience weird symptoms when he was stressed out and his body would change and grow into a pure beast. It’s clear to see how inspiration was drawn from Jekyll and Hyde into this character.
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