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Dracula [Paperback]

Bram Stoker , David J. Skal , Nina Auerbach
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Dec 17 1996 0393970124 978-0393970128
The aristocratic vampire that haunts the Transylvanian countryside has captivated readers' imaginations since it was first published in 1897. Hindle asserts that Dracula depicts an embattled man's struggle to recover his "deepest sense of himself as a man", making it the "ultimate terror myth".

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Dracula is one of the few horror books to be honored by inclusion in the Norton Critical Edition series. (The others are Frankenstein, The Turn of the Screw, Heart of Darkness, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and The Metamorphosis.) This 100th-anniversary edition includes not only the complete authoritative text of the novel with illuminating footnotes, but also four contextual essays, five reviews from the time of publication, five articles on dramatic and film variations, and seven selections from literary and academic criticism. Nina Auerbach of the University of Pennsylvania (author of Our Vampires, Ourselves) and horror scholar David J. Skal (author of Hollywood Gothic, The Monster Show, and Screams of Reason) are the editors of the volume. Especially fascinating are excerpts from materials that Bram Stoker consulted in his research for the book, and his working papers over the several years he was composing it. The selection of criticism includes essays on how Dracula deals with female sexuality, gender inversion, homoerotic elements, and Victorian fears of "reverse colonization" by politically turbulent Transylvania.

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4.0 out of 5 stars LETTERS PEOPLE Sept. 7 2003
OK, I want to say something original, as everything said by other reviewers (impeccable novel, interesting essays, etc)is VERY true.
A PLUS: The footnotes. I've found them to be "essential", in the sense that they illuminated the darker (historical references, imagery, sutile actions) paths of Stoker's book.
A MINUS: the tiny letters. This may sound foolish, but it took me forever to adapt to this type of letter. It is as small as it gets, and the lines are VERY close to one another. This should be corrected, because a good edition for readers is as vital as feng shui is to houses (stupid thought, I know, but worth the effort).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy Read! July 7 2004
I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I, of course was expecting to read something similar to the movie 'Dracula' that I had seen. While there are some similarities, the book is immensely better. I guess that it would be hard to convey all the emotions of an individuals character 'on screen'.
This extremely well written tale is written in a series of diaries. Everything that we read is someones diary, relating all of the events that are unfolding. I found myself unable to read this novel at night, as I was 'fearful'. I do not think that a novel or movie has to be 'gory' to convey a message of 'horror', it can be done with suggestive words and the type of enviroment that a character is in.
Unlike the movie, we are not made to feel for Dracula. We see him for the bloodsucking fiend that he is. There is no love or romance between him and the dedicated Mina. The 'slayer' Van Helsing is as witty as ever as are all the rest of the important characters. This tale unfolds quite nicely and is very enjoyable.
If you are looking for an interesting and well written read, then I recommend this riveting tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great edition April 10 2004
I own several copies of 'Dracula" and this one is definitely the best. I love footnotes which provide additional information about literary works and experiences inspiring Stoker while he was writing his wonderful book. Another great thing is the appendix with excerpts from academic books devoted to "Dracula" and its author. Franco Moretti's article is excellent and there are also many other interesting interpretations of this book and its main characters here. This book is definitely for people interested not only in old scary stories but also in the academic interpretations of horror and gothic novels. A must have for all people loving Dracula.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mysteriously riveting March 25 2004
This book is the best portrayal of vampires, keeping my mind on edge while visualizing Stoker's description of the infamous Count Dracula, a figure that many authors have attempted to depict in their respective novels. The mysterious nature of Stoker's style creates an incredibly real image of the vampire world, one which relies on human blood to survive. Stoker's method of using the different character's journals to explain the course of events is very unique and groundbraking, in terms of structure, for a story of this nature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick @ Richview Middle School March 10 2004
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Dracula is a dark story of historical horror. It is a fiction book based on journals, letters, and thoughts of the people who are linked together by one another. It gives the diaries and journals of Dr. Seward an English man that owns an insane asylum, Jonathan Harker an engaged man who witnesses Dracula's evil secrets before any other major character, Lucy Westenra a young girl who is bitten Dracula and is a dear friend to Mina Harker, who is engaged to Jonathan Harker. It also has a collection of letters sent by a well informed professor who has studied much on the undead, this man is Professor Van Helsing. It also has tells the story of three men that are connected by their love for Lucy, Dr. Seward, Arthur; Lucy's fiancee, and Quincey Morris an American that owns a Texas ranch. These men along with professor Van Helsng set out and kill the vampire, that was once the beloved Lucy, to later team up with Jonathan and Mina Harker to kill Dracula. While in the pursuit Mina is bitten, increasing the hatred against Dracula. Dracua is eventualy killed and Lucy returns to her old self. This book is wonderful and should not be called gothic although it does describe a great evil. Instead it should be left simply as a horror/ love/ adventure/ historical fiction/ and finally beloved classic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bram Stoker's Dracula: A worthwile reading May 19 2002
When I started to read Bram Stoker's Dracula, I thought that I wouldn't enjoy the style that it was written in. I was worried that the book being written in the form of letters would make it boring and dull. I was wrong. Bram Stoker's writing the book in the form of letters makes it very exciting. Reading about the plot through a first person viewpoint gives the book a thrilling suspense that would have been difficult to achieve otherwise. It is a perfect Gothic story, full of romance, love, horror, and human emotions. The only disappointment that I had in the book was the ending. It was slightly anti-climatic, and was a bit of a letdown. Previously to the ending there had been a large and drawn out build up of suspense and excitement. The book ended far too suddenly. Other than that I enjoyed the book immensely. Anybody who likes a good thriller filled with suspense will enjoy Bram Stoker's Dracula.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing at times; boring at others
The first part of the book when Hawker is at Castle Dracula is the best part of the book. It's creepy, it's gothic, it is the best written part of the book. Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Often imitated "Dracula" is still THE book about vampires
"Dracula" is not a great novel, it is just a great story. Stoker's device of trying to let all of the characters tell their own story in the first person gets a bit... Read more
Published on July 15 2001 by AmazingMrKimble
Everything I've read in the Norton Critical Editions is always very good. It of course includes the text of the work, usually complete (Herodotus was an exception). Read more
Published on July 14 2001 by rene@centroweb.net
4.0 out of 5 stars The Original Vamp
This is the horror novel that launched a thousand vampires.
Actually, it's not really a novel - it's a collection of letters. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2000 by Kellyannl
3.0 out of 5 stars Boring book, nice edition
I started reading Dracula when I was 14. I am now 43 and I just finished it. In some ways, I wish I hadn't bothered. Read more
Published on July 7 2000 by M. Ritchie
3.0 out of 5 stars At least the baddies interesting
The main prolem with this book is that Bram Stoker was not a very good writer. What he "created" here is the first popular version of a creature that had already been... Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2000 by Kevin MacDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars is this still bram stokers dracula? im confused.
if this is just another publishers version of bram stokers dracula, it is still a deeply enthralling book (im just a mite bit confused). Well there ya go. Read more
Published on March 23 1999
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