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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Grade 7 Up?A naive young Englishman travels to Transylvania to do business with a client, Count Dracula. After showing his true and terrifying colors, Dracula boards a ship for England in search of new, fresh blood. Unexplained disasters begin to occur in the streets of London before the mystery and the evil doer are finally put to rest. Told in a series of news reports from eyewitness observers to writers of personal diaries, this has a ring of believability that counterbalances nicely with Dracula's too-macabre-to-be-true exploits. An array of voices from talented actors makes for interesting variety. The generous use of sound effects, from train whistles to creaking doors, adds further atmosphere. Lovers of mysteries and horror will find rousing entertainment in this version of a classic tale.?Carol Katz, Harrison Public Library, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I love this book so much more than any movie. What a wonderful creation! The depths it goes into is so much more substantial....great read.Published 1 day ago by Michele Kolasa-Host
Stoker's good idea was to figure out a way to make the hoary vampire legend contemporary. His bad idea was believing that it was necessary to write a 500 page novel when a 250 page... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Lucian of Samosata
Excitement, Suspense describes how Dracula lures his victims to their final moment in life. Just when you think this happens it quickly doesn't, it quickly changes the direction... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Marco
For a classic, this book is not very well written. It is hard to follow and only at times is it easy to feel like you are there. Read morePublished 9 days ago by dLyonBW
Dracula is one of those timeless tales that we discover in our youth in one form or another, be it in film or in the original book form, that captures our minds and imaginations,... Read morePublished 12 days ago by William G.