Dracula - Frankenstein

Overview

In 1897, at the age of 50, Bram Stoker was touring manager to the actor Henry Irving and was enjoying a modest success as a journalist and writer. Publication in that year of Dracula was to bring him international fame. The Dracula mythology has inspired a vast subculture, but the story has never been better told than by Stoker. His myth is powerful because it allows evil to remain mysterious. Virtuous action has no more impact than Jonathan Harker's shovel. The high virtue of Lucy can simply be drained away, as ...
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Overview

In 1897, at the age of 50, Bram Stoker was touring manager to the actor Henry Irving and was enjoying a modest success as a journalist and writer. Publication in that year of Dracula was to bring him international fame. The Dracula mythology has inspired a vast subculture, but the story has never been better told than by Stoker. His myth is powerful because it allows evil to remain mysterious. Virtuous action has no more impact than Jonathan Harker's shovel. The high virtue of Lucy can simply be drained away, as her blood is drained away, until she too joins the vampire brood. Van Helsing's high-thinking and scientific skill cannot resist the dreadful potency of the undead. Only the old magic - a crucifix, garlic, a wooden stake - can provide effective weapons against the Count's appalling power.

Having discovered the double identity of the wealthy Transylvanian nobleman, Count Dracula, a small group of people vow to rid the world of the evil vampire.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The Dover volume collects 14 of Stoker's lesser-known horror stories such as "The Crystal Cup," "The Burial of the Rats," and "A Gipsey Prophecy." Though most of his other fiction has been overshadowed by Dracula, these offer some real chills and warrant reading. While editions of Dracula, which celebrated its centennial in 1997, are legion, Broadview's offers several extras, including a chronology of Stoker's life and appendixes on Transylvania, London, Mental Physiology, Reviews and Interviews, and more. That along with the full text make this one of the best editions available, especially at this remarkable price.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10Students will delight in this melodramatic presentation which is accomplished with echoes, howling wolves, blood-curdling shrieks, and spooky music. The imaginative use of hundreds of sound effects grabs listeners attention as the St. Charles Players, ten actors and actresses, present this abridged version of the 1897 novel. Carefully chosen to represent appropriate ages, sexes, and accents (British, Transylvanian, and Texan), they read briskly and are usually clearly understood. The Count always rolls his rrrs and is enhanced with an echo. Some of the Victorian dialogue is retained, giving a period flavor to the radio-play. It is also accurate in that some of the presentation is made through journal entries and letters. Events happen quickly and dramatically. While certain details, especially motives and reasons behind events, are omitted from the plot, they are not significant since the overall storyline is retained. (However, there is an epilogue hint of future actions from a vampire that is not in the edition of the novel that I consulted.) The popularity of Dracula will ascertain that this will circulate with studentstoo bad the flimsy cardboard case will not survive for many circulations. Teachers could also use the tapes to motivate students to read the book.Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Mysterious, gloomy castles and open graves at midnight are just two of the Gothic devices used to chilling effect in this 19th-century horror classic that turned an obscure figure from Eastern European folklore into a towering icon of film and literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929077397
  • Publisher: PageFree Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999

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