- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (December 17, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393970124
- ISBN-13: 978-0393970128
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2,351 customer reviews)
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Dracula (Norton Critical Editions) 1st Edition
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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
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“There lay Lucy, seemingly just as we had seen her the night before her funeral. She was, if possible, more radiantly beautiful than ever; and I could not believe that she was dead. The lips were red, nay redder than before; and on the cheeks was a delicate bloom.”
I can’t imagine what it must have been like to read Dracula in 1897.
Bram Stoker was far ahead of his time with this novel.
The first half or so of this is really fantastic and thrilling. However, once Dracula's weaknesses and abilities are explained, the story becomes less interesting, as it becomes less about trying to fight some horrible unknown monsters who can do crazy things and becomes more about trying to kill a boss in a video game, if that makes any sense. One thing that bothered me was Dracula's weakenesses. It's never explained why certain things hurt him, which wouldn't bother me, but there are just so many weird things that harm him. I get that he doesn't like crosses because he's a creature of the devil, but why doesn't he like garlic? Is garlic supposed to be holy? It seems like Stoker randomly picked things that would hurt Dracula.
The scarier and creepier parts of this are definitely the best sections of the book.
I think Dracula ended pretty abruptly, which is something that I'm noticing is a problem with a lot of classics. It just kind of ends without any sense of resolution, in my opinion.
I'm glad I read this, since I do like monsters and horror, but I was kind of underwhelmed by it. It's not bad at all, but I think I was expecting a masterpiece when it is, in fact, flawed.