Dracula: Authoritative Text Contexts Reviews and Reactions Dramatic and Film Variations Criticism / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

The Dracula mythology has inspired a vast subculture, but the story has never been better told than by Stoker.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393970128
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 100,872
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet 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 the author of several books on genre cinema and fantastic literature, including Hollywood Gothic: The Tangled Web of "Dracula" from Novel to Stage to Screen; The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror; V is for Vampire; and Screams of Reason: Mad Science and Modern Culture. With Elias Savada, he is co-author of Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning. He has also written and produced numerous video documentaries on fantastic films and literature.

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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. :)

    8 out of 13 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 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 3 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.

    2 out of 2 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 September 21, 2012

    Ugh.

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

    2 out of 7 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 3 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 12 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 1 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 1 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 1 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 1 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 1 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 10 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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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