Dracula: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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The acclaimed Couture Classics with cover designs by Ruben Toledo have become collector's items in the worlds of literature, fashion, design, and popular culture. Now, Toledo's signature style graces the covers of three new Deluxe Editions of gothic literature greats - Jane Eyre, Dracula, and The Picture of Dorian Gray-capturing the haunting beauty, sensual horror, and decadence of these iconic tales. Perfect additions to the first set of Couture Classics: Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, and The Scarlet ...

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Overview

The acclaimed Couture Classics with cover designs by Ruben Toledo have become collector's items in the worlds of literature, fashion, design, and popular culture. Now, Toledo's signature style graces the covers of three new Deluxe Editions of gothic literature greats - Jane Eyre, Dracula, and The Picture of Dorian Gray-capturing the haunting beauty, sensual horror, and decadence of these iconic tales. Perfect additions to the first set of Couture Classics: Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, and The Scarlet Letter.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Those who cannot find their own reflection in Bram Stoker's still-living creation are surely the undead ."
— New York Times Review of Books

"An exercise in masculine anxiety and nationalist paranoia, Stoker's novel is filled with scenes that are staggeringly lurid and perverse.... The one in Highgate cemetery, where Arthur and Van Helsing drive a stake through the writhing body of the vampirised Lucy Westenra, is my favourite."
Sarah Waters, author of The Little Stranger

"It is splendid. No book since Mrs. Shelley's Frankenstein or indeed any other at all has come near yours in originality, or terror."
Bram Stoker's Mother

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143106166
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/30/2010
  • Series: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition Series
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 392,893
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Abraham 'Bram' Stoker (1847 - 1912) was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and joined the Irish Civil Service before his love of theatre led him to become the unpaid drama critic for the Dublin Mail. He went on to act as as manager and secretary for the actor Sir Henry Irving, while writing his novels, the most famous of which is Dracula.

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Chapter I
Jonathan Harker’s Journal
(Kept in shorthand.)

3 May. Bistritz.1–Left Munich at 8:35 p. m., on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late. Buda-Pesth seems a wonderful place, from the glimpse which I got of it from the train and the little I could walk through the streets. I feared to go very far from the station, as we arrived late and would start as near the correct time as possible. The impression I had was that we were leaving the West and entering the East; the most western of splendid bridges over the Danube,2 which is here of noble width and depth, took us among the traditions of Turkish rule.
We left in pretty good time, and came after nightfall to Klausenburgh.3 Here I stopped for the night at the Hotel Royale. I had for dinner, or rather supper, a chicken done up some way with red pepper, which was very good but thirsty. (Mem., get recipe for Mina.) I asked the waiter, and he said it was called “paprika hendl,” and that, as it was a national dish, I should be able to get it anywhere along the Carpathians.4 I found my smattering of German very useful here; indeed, I don’t know how I should be able to get on without it.

Having had some time at my disposal when in London, I had visited the British Museum,5 and made search among the books and maps in the library regarding Transylvania: it had struck me that some foreknowledge of the country could hardly fail to have some importance in dealing with a nobleman of that country. I find that the district he named is in the extreme east of the country, just on the borders of three states, Transylvania, Moldavia and Bukovina,6 in the midst of the Carpathian mountains; one of the wildest and least known portions of Europe. I was not able to light on any map or work giving the exact locality of the Castle Dracula, as there are no maps of this country as yet to compare with our own Ordnance Survey maps;7 but I found that Bistritz, the post town named by Count Dracula, is a fairly well-known place. I shall enter here some of my notes, as they may refresh my memory when I talk over my travels with Mina.

In the population of Transylvania there are four distinct nationalities: Saxons in the South, and mixed with them the Wallachs, who are the descendants of the Dacians; Magyars in the West, and Szekelys8 in the East and North. I am going among the latter, who claim to be descended from Attila and the Huns. This may be so, for when the Magyars conquered the country in the eleventh century they found the Huns settled in it. I read that every known superstition in the world is gathered into the horseshoe of the Carpathians, as if it were the centre of some sort of imaginative whirlpool; if so my stay may be very interesting. (Mem., I must ask the Count all about them.)

I did not sleep well, though my bed was comfortable enough, for I had all sorts of queer dreams. There was a dog howling all night under my window, which may have had something to do with it; or it may have been the paprika, for I had to drink up all the water in my carafe, and was still thirsty. Towards morning I slept and was wakened by the continuous knocking at my door, so I guess I must have been sleeping soundly then. I had for breakfast more paprika, and a sort of porridge of maize flour which they said was “mamaliga,” and egg-plant stuffed with forcemeat, a very excellent dish, which they call “impletata.” (Mem., get recipe for this also.) I had to hurry breakfast, for the train started a little before eight, or rather it ought to have done so, for after rushing to the station at 7:30 I had to sit in the carriage for more than an hour before we began to move. It seems to me that the further east you go the more unpunctual are the trains. What ought they to be in China?

All day long we seemed to dawdle through a country which was full of beauty of every kind. Sometimes we saw little towns or castles on the top of steep hills such as we see in old missals; sometimes we ran by rivers and streams which seemed from the wide stony margin on each side of them to be subject to great floods. It takes a lot of water, and running strong, to sweep the outside edge of a river clear. At every station there were groups of people, sometimes crowds, and in all sorts of attire. Some of them were just like the peasants at home or those I saw coming through France and Germany, with short jackets and round hats and home-made trousers; but others were very picturesque. The women looked pretty, except when you got near them, but they were very clumsy about the waist. They had all full white sleeves of some kind or other, and the most of them had big belts with a lot of strips of something fluttering from them like the dresses in a ballet, but of course there were petticoats under them. The strangest figures we saw were the Slovaks, who were more barbarian than the rest, with their big cow-boy hats, great baggy dirty-white trousers, white linen shirts, and enormous heavy leather belts, nearly a foot wide, all studded over with brass nails. They wore high boots, with their trousers tucked into them, and had long black hair and heavy black moustaches. They are very picturesque, but do not look prepossessing. On the stage they would be set down at once as some old Oriental band of brigands. They are, however, I am told, very harmless and rather wanting in natural self-assertion.

It was on the dark side of twilight when we got to Bistritz, which is a very interesting old place. Being practically on the frontier–for the Borgo Pass leads from it into Bukovina–it has had a very stormy existence, and it certainly shows marks of it. Fifty years ago a series of great fires took place, which made terrible havoc on five separate occasions. At the very beginning of the seventeenth century it underwent a siege of three weeks and lost 13,000 people, the casualties of war proper being assisted by famine and disease.
Count Dracula had directed me to go to the Golden Krone Hotel, which I found, to my great delight, to be thoroughly old-fashioned, for of course I wanted to see all I could of the ways of the country. I was evidently expected, for when I got near the door I faced a cheery-looking elderly woman in the usual peasant dress–white undergarment with long double apron, front, and back, of coloured stuff fitting almost too tight for modesty. When I came close she bowed and said, “The Herr Englishman?” “Yes,” I said, “Jonathan Harker.” She smiled, and gave some message to an elderly man in white shirtsleeves, who had followed her to the door. He went, but immediately returned with a letter:–
“My Friend.–Welcome to the Carpathians. I am anxiously expecting you. Sleep well to-night. At three tomorrow the diligence9 will start for Bukovina; a place on it is kept for you. At the Borgo Pass my carriage will await you and will bring you to me. I trust that your journey from London has been a happy one, and that you will enjoy your stay in my beautiful land.

“Your friend,
“Dracula.”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Just goes to show...

    The idiots that make up today's generation. "Um it'zzz sooo boring lol omg!" Yeah right. Go back to reading your literary disgraces like Twilight and rubbish like that, you illiterate wastes of space. :)

    11 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    I love Dracula but this is more like somebody's journal than a b

    I love Dracula but this is more like somebody's journal than a book. The spelling errors stink. I normally get through a 300 page book in

    about a week. This took me almost 5 weeks to complete.

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    Mon

    Awsome best book ever

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    READ

    U have to read this np matter how old u r im 10 too and its not scary. Its just the best book ever. Its a must read for sure. I would reccomend it to anyone. U just cant put the book down. U will luv it i garantee it. P. S. I dont know how to spell that. Anyway u have to get it. Bye.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    I had always wanted to read Dracula

    I am glad that I picked this up one day on a trip to B&N, I had always wanted to read it. It was a very good book, an interesting read. I liked how the book was written, but the language was hard for me to get through easily.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    A well crafted classic

    One of my favorites well worth multiple reads.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    Awesome

    This book is awesome. Aside from the fact that the old-english is strange, the plot, characters, and writing style is FAN-FREKIN'-TASTIC.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Dracula

    A wonderful book. However, the archaic style this book is written in (the book was written in the late 1800s) may cause some readers to find this book difficult and as a result also find it boring. Overall, though, this is a good read that can be very scary at times.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    Ugh.

    A classic but painful read. Very drawn out. So very glad it is over.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Dracula

    It is very mistifying and exciting. At the begining,it seems boring but once you get to like the middle,that is where it hunts you down. Totally a favorite!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Uhh...

    Why do people keep writing stupid things instead of reviews?

    2 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    If you like Vamp fiction, you must read Dracula

    I felt like I needed to pay homage to the original vampire creator....worth reading but the entire book led up to one single action, was ended up a bit anti-climactic. Interesting format - written in diary and letter format was pretty cool. Worth a shot, but certainly not fast paced.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Fair

    Worth reading this classic once. Quite a few typos in the free version.


    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Exceptional!!!!!

    OMG---I couldn't put this book down. Loved it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Wonderful book!

    I absolutely loved this book. It is a great read and very entertaining with lots of curves and twists i didnt expect!

    And i do not say bleh bleh-bleh!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Good book

    Kinda hard to understand, but good.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    Love

    This is the only book to ever get me hooked on the first page. I wish modern books where like this truly a classic and wonderful read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Dark, old and wonderfully scary. The original vampire!

    I love the old mysteriousness of the book as if it comes from a long away time and place. Creapy as a moldy coffin yet grand as a victorian mansion. Original.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    Horror classic

    One of a kind. Very original.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Worst book ever

    This book has really bad spelling.I kind of like it but not that much so I give it a 2.It has lots of words that I do not understand which I would like to what the hell they mean.I think their should be action.

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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