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Dracula: A Norton Critical Edition / Edition 1

Dracula: A Norton Critical Edition / Edition 1

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This Norton Critical Edition presents fully annotated the text of the 1897 First Edition.

A rich selection of background and source materials is provided in three areas: Contexts includes probable inspirations for Dracula in the earlier works of James Malcolm Rymer and Emily Gerard. Also included are a discussion of Stoker's working notes for the novel and "Dracula's Guest," the original opening chapter to Dracula. Reviews and Reactions reprints five early reviews of the novel. "Dramatic and Film Variations" focuses on theater and film adaptations of Dracula, two indications of the novel's unwavering appeal. David J. Skal, Gregory A. Waller, and Nina Auerbach offer their varied perspectives. Checklists of both dramatic and film adaptations are included.

Criticism collects seven theoretical interpretations of Dracula by Phyllis A. Roth, Carol A. Senf, Franco Moretti, Christopher Craft, Bram Dijsktra, Stephen D. Arata, and Talia Schaffer.

A Chronology and a Selected Bibliography are included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393970128
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 12/17/1996
Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 91,127
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Bram Stoker (1847-1912), an Irish novelist and short story writer, was known during his lifetime as the personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned, but is best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula.

Nina Auerbach is John Welsh Centennial Professor of History and Literature and Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Communities of Women: An Idea in Fiction; Woman and the Demon: The Life of a Victorian Myth; Romantic Imprisonment: Women and Other Glorified Outcasts; Ellen Terry, Player in Her Time; Private Theatricals: The Lives of the Victorians; and Our Vampires, Our Selves. She is co-editor, with U. C. Knoepflmacher, of Forbidden Journeys: Fairy Tales and Fantasies by Victorian Women Writers.

David J. Skal is a leading American cultural historian and critic of horror films and Gothic literature. The author of The Monster ShowandHollywood Gothic, he lives in Glendale, California.

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stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dracula is pretty much known as the grandfather of vampire literature, and I was really excited to read it for my Victorian lit class. Sadly, however, it failed to appeal to me. Stoker badly needed an editor: there were distracting narrative inconsistencies all over the place. The characters seemed archetypal, but not in a good way. The women in the story were either highly sexualized or disturbingly victimized, an anti-New Woman novel if there ever was one. Overall, this book was a disappointment for me.
jcelrod on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My favorite gothic novel of all time.
seanj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it. My initial thought when I finished reading, though, was that it could have been about a hundred pages shorter.
legendaryneo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the classic tale of Count Dracula written as a collection of the diaries of those involved. This is a very interesting style, but because of this the story often moves rather slow and isn't extremely action filled. It is also rather drawn out and as a previous reviewer stated it could have been about 100 pages less. I do recommend giving it a read though since this book has stood the test of time.
hemlokgang on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Everyone knows the basic story here, but the writing is truly wonderful, and a pleasure to read. Bram Stoker sure knows how to spin a tale.
Emlyn_Chand on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Preview ¿ Drrracula! We have all heard about this book, seen countless film adaptations and been exposed to multiple pop-culture takes on Bram Stoker¿s vision. We know all about the vampire and his Transylvanian lair. But let me ask, have you ever actually taken the time to read the unabridged novel? I just read ¿Dracula¿ for the first time this past week. I decided it would be fun to have a Halloween-themed book discussion for Ann Arbor Classics Book Group. I wasn¿t expecting to like the book, especially since I find many of the modern vampire stories to be grotesquely lacking in entertainment value (yes, I mean you, Stephenie Meyer and Anne Rice). It is safe to say, however, that ¿Dracula¿ now resides in my top 10 reads among other such great books as ¿Jane Eyre¿, ¿100 Years of Solitude¿, ¿1984¿ and ¿Lolita¿. It is that good!Rather than build up to the penetration of the vampire¿s castle, we begin there. Terrified, as Jonathan Harker realizes what Dracula is, yet is unable to escape. At the same time, Mina, Jonathan¿s intended, recounts life in jolly old London, telling of her great friendship with Lucy and wondering about Jonathan¿s whereabouts. We are also joined in the story by Dr. Seward, Quincy Morris and Arthur Holmwood, the three of which are suitors to Lucy. Two more characters who help push the action of the story are the brilliant Dr. Van Helsing and irksome zoophagous mental patient, Renfield.We watch Lucy¿s progression into vampirella, as the other characters have no idea what is going on. Eventually, they come to understand what has happened and that they must destroy ¿Lucy¿s¿ undead corpse to set free the soul of the woman they all loved. Realizing that the Count has relocated to London in the house immediately adjacent to Dr. Seward, our heroes form a crew intended to bring an end to Dracula at any cost. The rest of the story follows the team as they attempt to destroy the inherent evil that is Count Dracula.There are so many layers to this novel, which makes for striking conversation. Some of the topics that can be broached are Dracula as the anti-Christ, the differing roles of men and women in the story, psychoanalytical theory, the sensuality of blood-sucking vampires, mythological folklore, the gothic novel, the variegated film adaptations and modern takes on the story. Heck, even the character of Renfield could spawn a long and interesting conversation. If you have no one to discuss it with, I recommend also reading Clive Leatherdale¿s ¿Dracula: The Novel & the Legend¿ for even more in-depth coverage of these topics.You may like this book if¿ you enjoy a story with many, many layers to it, you appreciate an author who reflects different dialects and varying levels of English proficiency in his character dialogue, you like the idea of a story told entirely from diary entries, letters and news clippings, you are a fan of modern vampire stories and would like to expose yourself to the book that single-handedly made the vampire a media darling, you are feeling festive this Halloween.You may not like this book if¿ you want to know where Dracula came from, you don¿t want to have to invent a back story, you get confused when a story has too many narrators, you are offended by the use of Catholic relics as talismans, you don¿t think vampires could ever be sexy, you get bored by too much flowery dialogue as is characteristic of the era, you feel the story may have been ruined for you by too much exposure to film adaptations or other vampire-stories.
victrola on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I just love this book. Everything about it, really. I love the story and I love how it's told. I do understand why some people think it's repetitive at times - but as for myself I wouldn't change a word; it is enthralling all the way through.
maidenveil on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got sleepy reading this. I just had to drag myself along with it because it was due as a bookreport (and because I fell in love with the movie). If you like the movie, stick with it. Unless you're into hardcore literature then go ahead, read this.
actonbell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After a lifetime of hearing the name Dracula, especially at Halloween, it finally occurred to me to read the original, by Bram Stoker. (This was in part because I'd received a Nook last Christmas, and this is one of the many titles that are public domain.)Anyway, I was impressed that such horror was dreamed up in the late 1800's. The story is told by way of journal entries and letters in a style that now seems quaint, and some of the tone, especially that of Belgian professor Van Helsing, is flowery, wordy, and overly dramatic. His journal has a thick accent, as well, which makes for slower reading. The story comes together quite well, and the imagery is successfully creepy. This tale is also a very religious one, which isn't surprising, given that everyone knows how a vampire abhors a crucifix. Still, it is more overtly Christian than I had expected. It is an intriguing experience, reading a novel for the first time after already having so many presumptions about its subject. It could have been a disappointing experience, but it was not; this novel lived up to my scary expectations.
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It¿s not often my 17 year old brother tells me I have to read a book. So when he does, I put it on the short list.I¿ve had Dracula on my list for a while though. I thought it¿d be a fun read after reading Frankenstein earlier this year, but Frankenstein did a number on me (it was not nearly as gripping as I had hoped it would be) so Dracula got put to the back burner. I should have known better.First of all ¿ for those of you who have not experienced Dracula yet ¿ it¿s an epistolary novel. Yup, all letters. These letters grow in intensity as the story progresses, making the book somewhat unique, especially when compared to other vampire novels.I grew up reading Anne Rice novels ¿ none of this wimpy sparkling-vampire stuff for me. I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer (bonus points if you can name the season in which the good Count shows up there!), I enjoy a good, thrilling story that has me wanting to leave the lights on, and Dracula gave me everything I was looking for and more. Y¿all, I actually dreamed of spider-like men crawling up my walls. It was awesome.Reading Dracula is kicking off a year of intense exploring of a genre I¿ve always shied away from. Horror. I figured I had to kick the year off with a review of a class horror and fully plan to explore the genre more in 2012. It should be interesting ¿ especially if this is the type of novel from which inspiration is taken.
she_climber on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! It was fun to see how far, and not, vampires have come over the years to this day of vampire-mania where we are now. There is nothing like the original. I also couldn't help but think what it must have been like to read this book when it was first published in 1897. The format of this book was great as it was cobbled together by the main characters personal diaries to give a clear and complete picture of what was going on at all times and from different points of view. I found myself wishing I was Mina and had a bit of a crush on Quincey Morris. Definitely one of my new all time favorites.
es135 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dark and gothic, Bram Stoker's Dracula is the original vampire story. With the resurgence of vampire mythology, it is alway nice to see where the genre started. Although, for the time it was written, the novel contains some great writing, I couldn't help but think of other monster stories that I enjoyed more than this.
manque on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Full of minor errors and inconsistencies, temporal and otherwise. Yet the narrative is gripping, and the narrative method--revelation through a collection of letters, journal entries, telegrams, etc.--is fascinating in its own right. The treatment of new technologies (new for the time, that is) is quite interesting. A real sense of investigation and incompleteness pervades the novel, as well as suspense. Ultimately second-rate writing in the service of a first-rate story idea. Worth reading if one has an interest in Victorian literature or the origins of the modern Dracula story.
Stbalbach on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"I want to suck your.." actually he doesnt say that, just one of the many "authentic" Dracula things uncovered by reading the original.Dracula is just one of many pot-boiler tales of strange creatures invading England in the late 19th century, it was not particularly famous in its time, but became so once it was adapted to film (after Stokers death) during the 20th century. Its themes of sexuality, gender roles, "alien invasions" (reverse colonialization fears), and the dramatic personality and moldable character of the count himself have made it a 20th classic.
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