Bram Stoker's Notes for Dracula: A Facsimile Edition

Bram Stoker's Notes for Dracula: A Facsimile Edition




Bram Stoker’s initial notes and outlines for his landmark horror novel Dracula were auctioned at Sotheby’s in London in 1913 and eventually made their way to the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia, where they are housed today. Until now, few of the 124 pages have been transcribed or analyzed.
This painstaking work reproduces the handwritten notes both in facsimile and in annotated transcription. It also includes Stoker’s typewritten research notes and thoroughly analyzes all of the materials, which range from Stoker’s thoughts on the novel’s characters and settings to a nine-page calendar of events that includes most of the now-familiar story. Ample annotations guide readers through the construction of the novel and the changes that were made to its structure, plot, setting and characters. Nine appendices provide insight into Stoker’s personal life, his other works and his early literary influences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786477302
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 10/02/2013
Edition description: Facsimile
Pages: 342
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The late Bram Stoker was an Irish writer of novels and short stories and the business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London. Robert Eighteen-Bisang, owner of the world’s largest private collection of vampire books, is an authority on Dracula and vampire literature. A member of the Horror Writers Association, he lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Elizabeth Miller, professor emeritus (Memorial University of Newfoundland), is recognized internationally as a leading Stoker and Dracula scholar. She lectures regularly on both sides of the Atlantic and has published several books. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword by Michael Barsanti 1

Introduction 3

Methodology 7

Bram Stoker’s Original Foundation Notes & Data for His “Dracula”

Part I: Handwritten Notes on the Plot 13

Part II: Handwritten Research Notes (“‘Dracula’ Notes, etc.”) 119

Part III: Typed Research Notes (“‘Dracula’ Notes. etc.”) 199

Overview 275

The Myth of Dracula 291


I. The Rosenbach Page Numbers 295

II. Bram Stoker: A Brief Biography 299

III. Bram Stoker: A Brief Bibliography 301

IV. Bram Stoker’s Nonfiction Sources for Dracula 304

V. “Vampire” from the Encyclopædia Britannica (1888) 306

VI. Possible Literary Influences 309

VII. Bram Stoker’s Library 313

VIII. Dracula: The Novel vs. the Notes 315

IX. Dracula: The Novel We Could Have Read 318

Works Cited 321

Index of Bram Stoker’s Original Notes (as Transcribed) 325

Index of Editors’ Annotations 328

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