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Overview

Cause for international celebration—the most important and complete edition of Dracula in decades.In his first work since his best-selling The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Leslie S. Klinger returns with this spectacular, lavishly illustrated homage to Bram Stoker's Dracula. With a daring conceit, Klinger accepts Stoker's contention that the Dracula tale is based on historical fact. Traveling through two hundred years of popular culture and myth as well as graveyards and the wilds of Transylvania, Klinger's notes illuminate every aspect of this haunting narrative (including a detailed examination of the original typescript of Dracula, with its shockingly different ending, previously unavailable to scholars). Klinger investigates the many subtexts of the original narrative—from masochistic, necrophilic, homoerotic, "dentophilic," and even heterosexual implications of the story to its political, economic, feminist, psychological, and historical threads. Employing the superb literary detective skills for which he has become famous, Klinger mines this 1897 classic for nuggets that will surprise even the most die-hard Dracula fans and introduce the vampire-prince to a new generation of readers.

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Editorial Reviews

BookPage
“Leslie S. Klinger’s great virtue as an editor is his sublimely willful and scrupulous disregard for the boundary between historical fact and literary falsehood. In The New Annotated Dracula, he reprises the same earlier annotated Sherlock Holmes, treating Stoker’s novel as nonfiction: real events happening to real persons. After a brief preface in which he explains his trick, Klinger’s edition becomes a surreal treat, book’s succession of journal entries and letters.”
Stephen King
“This is a book every serious reader of the horror genre should have on his or her shelf. You will read Dracula with new eyes. Fascinating!”
Michael Sims
…Klinger opens up Stoker's text with irresistible glee, supplying countless marginal notes, illustrations, photographs and other juicy tidbits.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly

Klinger brings the same impressive breadth of knowledge that distinguished The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes to this definitive examination of one of the classic horror novels of all time. Adopting the conceit that Stoker's narrative is based on fact, Klinger elucidates the plot and historical context for both Stoker devotees and those more familiar with Count Dracula from countless popular culture versions. Because he had privileged access to the typescript Stoker delivered to his publisher, Klinger is able to note changes between it and the first edition and comment on the reasons for them. Through close reading, Klinger raises questions about such matters as the role of lead vampire-hunter Van Helsing and whether the villainous count is actually dispatched at book's end. An introduction by Neil Gaiman, numerous illustrations, essays on topics ranging from Dracula in the movies to the academic response, and much more enhance the package. 8-city author tour. (Oct.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393064506
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/13/2008
  • Edition description: Annotated
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 436,250
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.70 (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.

Leslie S. Klinger is the editor of numerous books, including the best-selling The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, The New Annotated Dracula, and The Annotated Sandman. He lives in Malibu, California.

Leslie S. Klinger is the editor of numerous books, including the best-selling The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, The New Annotated Dracula, and The Annotated Sandman. He lives in Malibu, California.

Leslie S. Klinger is the editor of numerous books, including the best-selling The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, The New Annotated Dracula, and The Annotated Sandman. He lives in Malibu, California.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Neil Gaiman Gaiman, Neil

The Context of Dracula

Pt. I The Text of Dracula 1

Appendix 1 "Dracula's Guest" 503

Appendix 2 The Dating of Dracula 517

Appendix 3 The Chronology of Dracula 521

Appendix 4 A Whitby Glossary 527

Pt. II Considering the Count 529

Dracula After Stoker: Fictional Accounts of the Count 531

Sex, Lies, and Blood: Dracula in Academia 537

The Public Life of Dracula: Dracula on Stage and Screen 547

Dracula's Family Tree 569

The Friends of Dracula 581

Bibliography 585

Textual Sources 602

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    More Dracula than you might ever need to know

    This is not a book for everyone. Hell, turns out it's not even a book for ME.

    But if the measure of an annotated edition is how ridiculously in-depth it dissects the source material, then this should actually earn TEN stars out of five.

    Having just finished Dracula, I thought I'd like to pick up the Annotated Edition and read through that. Especially with tales that have proven so influential and have directed so much of what's come after, reading about the inner workings and background minutiae can be just as fascinating as the work itself. But this edition goes above and beyond the usual remit to a degree that's nothing less than staggering.

    There are entire chapters, prefacing and following the novel, detailing the life of Bram Stoker, the historical setting against which the book was written, literary descendants of and dissertations on Dracula, the story's life in other media such as theatre and film, the short story "Dracula's Guest" (likely an excised first chapter reworked into a quasi-prelude), and much much more.

    But the true jaw-dropping efforts come with the annotations themselves. Any thought I had of quickly reading just the notes over the course of an hour or two were instantly dispensed with, once I saw the scope I was up against. Merely the first chapter of this 27-chapter novel has 102 annotations - the first 17 of which only cover the first three paragraphs. And these aren't notes of just a few lines each. No, these first 17 annotations take up six full pages (ie, not counting story pages) in tiny annotation-type, on pages slightly smaller than that of a coffee-table book. The annotated novel portion of the book takes up 500 pages, and if I were to hazard a guess I'd estimate that 150 of those are taken up by the novel itself, and the rest by the notes.

    "Impressive" is not a strong enough word to describe the amount of work and detailed study that had to go into such a volume. I liked the novel well enough (enjoying certain parts, frustrated by others) ... but not with anywhere near the fascination or fervor one would need to pore over all the details laid out herein. But for those who do find themselves that intrigued by the novel that they want to delve deeper into it than anyone was ever meant to know ... this is the book for you.

    Is that an incredibly niche demographic? Perhaps. But for those who this is meant for, it's beyond amazing - something that even those who this isn't meant for, such as myself, can still at least appreciate.

    One caveat: The fictional conceit employed by the author - that Bram Stoker was writing a true story - is in fact as annoying as everyone says, even in the very few notes that I scanned. Were one to attempt reading all the footnotes, that constant clash against the reader's patience might in fact be enough to drive one mad as Renfield himself.

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  • Posted August 5, 2010

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    The Classic

    I have not actually read this edition, so cannot speak to Gaiman's introduction, but this is the classic, greatest Gothic of all time, in my humble opinion. If you want a good scare, or you are interested in Gothic fiction, I recommend you start here. A Norton along with Gaiman's writing, would be just about as perfect as it gets as far as Gothic is concerned. Hope to read this edition soon!

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    The Archetype of Surrealism and Horror

    How brilliant is Stoker. Dracula gets into our primal unconscious, and stays there through his poetic prose of ennui and horror. This particular edition is a place to hang out for awhile and enjoy the dread. Annotated and filled with pictures and drawings I highly recommend it for those who want to escape to surrealism and this world, and see the world in a different and magical way.

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