Bram Stoker's Notes for Dracula: A Facsimile Edition

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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 comprehensive work reproduces the handwritten notes both in facsimile and in annotated transcription. It also includes Stoker's typewritten research notes and thoroughly ...

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Overview

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 comprehensive 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. The coauthors draw on their extensive knowledge of Dracula and vampires to 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786477302
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/2/2013
  • Edition description: Facsimile
  • Pages: 342
  • Sales rank: 469,961
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Eighteen-Bisang, who is best-known as the owner of the world's largest private collection of vampire books, is an authority on Dracula and vampire literature. He lives in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada. Elizabeth Miller is a retired English professor. She lectures regularly at universities throughout North America and Europe. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Foreword   Michael Barsanti     1
Introduction     3
Methodology     7
Bram Stoker's Original Foundation Notes & Data for His "Dracula"
Handwritten Notes on the Plot     13
Handwritten Research Notes ("'Dracula' Notes, etc.")     119
Typed Research Notes ("'Dracula' Notes, etc.")     199
Overview     275
The Myth of Dracula     291
Appendices
The Rosenbach Page Numbers     295
Bram Stoker: A Brief Biography     299
Bram Stoker: A Brief Bibliography     301
Bram Stoker's Nonfiction Sources for Dracula     304
"Vampire" from the Encyclopaedia Britannica (1888)     306
Possible Literary Influences     309
Bram Stoker's Library     313
Dracula: The Novel vs. the Notes     315
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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  • Posted October 27, 2008

    A Must for Scholars and Fans

    Robert Eighteen-Bisang and Elizabeth Miller have accomplished the almost impossible - to present a new milestone in Stoker scholarship which will be indispensible reading for anybody seriously interested in the world's most important horror novel. The beautifully presented volume was obviously a labour of love.<BR/><BR/>First, we are presented with facsimile reproductions of Bram Stoker's original notes which, until now, were only available at the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia. The handwritten notes have been meticulously transcribed, no small feat if you take a look at Stoker's original handwriting. Stoker's typed research notes are also included.<BR/><BR/>But what makes this book a must for Dracula fans and scholars are the extensive, insightful annotations. They present many new insights and settle a number of long debates surrounding the novel, and make for a fascinating read. To complement the notes and annotations, there are also various appendices, ranging from the construction of the novel, the mysterious "Dracula's Guest", the novel's characters, an 1888 Encyclopedia Britannica entry on the term 'vampire', to literary influences, and more. A wonderfully stimulating read, fascinating, enlightening, and of course, always frightening.

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