New this month from author Daniel Levine, Hyde (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is a reimagining of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale from the view point of, well, Mr. Hyde. The cover of Levine’s novel shows Mr. Hyde as we’ve all come to imagine him—overcoat, top hat, walking cane. Over the years, publishers have presented Stevenson’s “fine bogey tale” with a number of familiar images and motifs.
- The Cover for Daniel Levine’s Hyde
- Saintly Jekyll, Hideous Hyde, potions, beakers, and vials—this cover evokes all the pop imagery arising from Stevenson’s tale
- The Penguin English Library cover designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith is a triumph of chemistry set minimalism
- The shadowy, cobbled streets on the Signet Classic version brings to mind another Victorian bogey man, Jack the Ripper
- The Oxford World Classics edition takes its inspiration from German Expressionistic Cinema
- Frederic March won an Oscar for his portrayl of Jekyll & Hyde, his iconic make-up provides the inspiration for this pulp paperback
- Hyde is not the first novel to re-spin Stevenson’s original, Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin told the tale from the point-of-view of Jekyll’s household maid. This UK cover may be one of the most visually understated embodiments of the original novel’s theme of duality.