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Dracula

Format:  Paperback,

493 pages

Publisher: Broadview Pr

Publish Date: Nov 1997

ISBN-13: 9781551111360

ISBN-10: 1551111365

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The classic tale of the bizarre Carpathian count, who drank human blood to stay alive, and the Englishman who knew his secret, is accompanied by critical articles, reviews, and interviews

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Publisher: Broadview Pr
Publish Date: Nov 1997
ISBN-13: 9781551111360
ISBN-10: 1551111365
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 493
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.25
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 9.0 x 1.25
Walmart No.: 0978155111136

About the author

Biography of Stoker, Bram

Bram Stoker was born in Dublin, the son of a civil servant. Although a semi-invalid as a child, he went on the gain a reputation as a fine athlete at Trinity College, where he also excelled in mathematics and philosophy. Stoker worked as a civil servant and a journalist before becoming the personal secretary of the famous actor Henry Irving. He also wrote 15 works of fiction, only one of which is very memorable - Dracula (1897). This work, involving hypnotism, magic, the supernatural, and other elements of gothic fiction, went on to sell over one million copies and is still selling strongly today.

So well known has his fictional character become that today it is possible to visit the castle of Count Dracula in the Transylvanian region of Romania, a country that Stoker never visited. Several film versions of the story, both serious and comic, have made Stoker's work a part of modern mythology. His novel The Lair of the White Worm (1911) has also been made into film. It and the novel The Lady of the Shroud are, like Dracula, fantastic tales of horror.

Chapter outline

Prefacep. vii
Chronologyp. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
Further Readingp. xl
A Note on the Textp. xlvi
Draculap. 1
Bram Stoker's Correspondence with Walt Whitman (1872-6)p. 403
Charlotte Stoker's Account of 'The Cholera Horror' in a Letter to Bram Stoker (c. 1875)p. 412
Bram Stoker's Article 'The Censorship of Fiction' (1908)p. 419
Bram Stoker's Interview with Winston Churchill (1908)p. 431
Notesp. 439

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2009-01-22)

Verdict: Though this is a remarkable bargain at $40, public libraries probably can pass, but academics should purchase. Background: Like many works now staples and classics, Stoker's Dracula debuted to mediocre sales and reviews, but, like the count himself, had something that has kept it alive for more than a century. Klinger, who scored a hit with his New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, provides an identical take on the big D. Using several previous annotations as a springboard, Klinger offers straight scholarly notes, but to give the book extra bite proceeds as if the characters and events were real, with names, etc., changed by Stoker to throw readers off (this tack no doubt will annoy some readers). Regardless, the text is weighty with annotations-in fact there are so many pages of notes that it's sometimes hard to find the story-and illustrations ranging from period to current. The book also sports numerous appendixes dating the story's events, Dracula in fiction and film, and Stoker's short story "Dracula's Guest", which may/not have been a piece cut from the novel.

-Michael Rogers, LJX

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (1998-01-01)

The Dover volume collects 14 of Stoker's lesser-known horror stories such as "The Crystal Cup", "The Burial of the Rats", and "A Gipsey Prophecy". Though most of his other fiction has been overshadowed by Dracula, these offer some real chills and warrant reading. While editions of Dracula, which celebrated its centennial in 1997, are legion, Broadview's offers several extras, including a chronology of Stoker's life and appendixes on Transylvania, London, Mental Physiology, Reviews and Interviews, and more. That along with the full text make this one of the best editions available, especially at this remarkable price.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Benjamin Franklin Award, 2013 (United States)
  • Audie Award, 2013 (United States)

Book description

To borrow a phrase used by one of the characters in the novel, Dracula is "nineteenth century up-to-date with a vengeance". In her introduction to this edition Glennis Byron first discusses the famous novel as an expression not of universal fears and desires, but of specifically late nineteenth-century concerns. And she discusses too the ways in which to the modern reader it is not Transylvania but London that is the location of the monstrosity in Dracula.

The many appendices include contemporary reviews; source materials drawn on by Stoker; documents expressing contemporary views on trances, sleepwalking and hypnotism; and other relevant writing by Stoker, including "the censorship of Fiction", in which he expresses his belief in the need to defend the social and moral purity of the nation.

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