Mary Reilly (novel)

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Mary Reilly
First edition
Author Valerie Martin
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 263 pp
ISBN 0-385-24968-3
OCLC 20220341
813/.54 20
LC Class PS3563.A7295 M37 1990

Mary Reilly is a 1990 parallel novel by American writer Valerie Martin. It is inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. It was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1990 and the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1991. Martin's novel was the basis for the 1996 film of the same name starring Julia Roberts in the title role.

Plot introduction[edit]

The novel is about a young girl working at the home of Dr. Henry Jekyll who falls in love with her master. Jekyll's "assistant", Edward Hyde, is generally considered her nemesis. Mary Reilly adds more details and substance to the original book,The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by telling the story from the unique perspective of the house-maid, Mary Reilly.