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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.

From School Library Journal

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.

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  • File Size: 1009 KB
  • Print Length: 349 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500892726
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 17, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084B5TK8
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I was fifteen when I first read Dracula. My parents refused to give me permission because its was too scary. So I had to sneak it away and read it under the covers at night in secret with a flashlight. I was terrified. I couldn't take the trash out at night or go into the basement alone for a month. One early scene when Dracula crawls down the castle wall head first haunted me and chilled me to the core.

When I was 30 while visiting my parents I saw the same Dracula on the bookshelf. I thought I had been silly to be so frightened and read it again. I was just as frightened! But I got more insight. Instead of simply being carried away by the story I learned more about psychopathology, gender roles, appreciation for education and the "rules" that govern vampires as metaphors for various kinds of evil in this world. The main and recurrent lesson I took then was that Dracula had many weaknesses. The force of his power rested in the fact that no one believed in him. That gave him full access to whatever he wanted (except to enter a home. He had to be invited in before he could visit when he wished.)

At the Nuremberg trials when high ranking Nazis were in the dock, one witness took her time when she got off the stand. She walked slowly passed each defendant and looked carefully at his face. She said she did this because she knew she would never again have the opportunity to see them. Her shock and horror was that they looked like ordinary people. They didn't look like the monsters they were. I have to wonder if the Nazi atrocities and the atrocities that occur today are allowed to build momentum because so many people don't believe those horrors are possible.

This class has given me my third reading of Dracula.
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The beginning of this books is pretty dragging and slow. But don't put it down! Because the middle and end are really good. There are a million differences between the Bram Stoker Dracula and the Dracula of popular culture (which has run a little wild). I always recommend people read the original.
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The book itself is great, much more interesting and entertaining and easy to read than I expected it to be--and far better than any of the movies--but this particular version is so annoying that I deleted it. Every time I touch the screen to set a bookmark I get an "Add Audible narration" spam popup. I would NEVER buy such crap, but there is no way to turn off that popup. (This is on a Fire WITHOUT ads, by the way.) So I deleted this garbage, went to Project Gutenberg and downloaded the same book, and now I can read AND set bookmarks without being dunned to BUY something I don't want every time. It's like heaven.

Amazon makes it as hard as possible to read books from Gutenberg--I have to stay in airplane mode to keep them from sabotaging my reading every time I close the cover (hence the need for constant bookmarking), and I have to select the book through the ES File Explorer app instead of my Kindle Library, but any little inconvenience like that is worthwhile for the freedom from Amazon's relentless BUY BUY BUY dunning every time I touch the screen.
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I've lost count of the numbers of times I've read this classic. Still such a great story, one that no film adaptation has ever fully captured. Now here it is in a free Kindle edition. My only problem ever with this book is the constantly shifting of narrator going from one 1st person account to another. It gets a little laborious after a while. It would have been so much easier to read as just simply a 3rd person narration. IMHO. Walter Eugene Lane author of Curse Of The Vampyr.
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I've seen the Bella Lugosi, Dracula probably 60 times, ( at least, so as not to exaggerate). These old scary movies were marvelous. I have even transcribed some of the script dialog to paper from the movie. This movie may be the reason why people are afraid of spiders and bats. Imagine, scaring the film audience with a rubber bat that you can see the strings.

The book is fantastic. You'll want to read it more than once. If you like the Dracula movies it would be a shame not to read the book.
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By Abby on April 14, 2016
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This is a great classic that I originally read in high school. I think this is the best gothic horror novel. The writing is clear and descriptive. It is very suspenseful and dark. You really get scared reading some parts of this book.
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This is not an easy or short read but it is SO good. This is my second time reading it and I enjoyed it even more the second time. Such a creepy and scary book but perfect if you're into that sort of thing like I am. Just dont read it before bed!
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Can't believe I waited so long to read this classic. The diary/journal format was novel. The beginning lead in was a bit slow and the end kind of went a little long then wrapped up pretty quickly. But overall a very good read.
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