The New Annotated Dracula by Bram Stoker

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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.

35 color; 400 black & white
 

About Bram Stoker

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Bram Stoker was born in Dublin, the son of a civil servant. Although a semi-invalid as a child, he went on the gain a reputation as a fine athlete at Trinity College, where he also excelled in mathematics and philosophy. Stoker worked as a civil servant and a journalist before becoming the personal secretary of the famous actor Henry Irving. He also wrote 15 works of fiction, only one of which is very memorable - Dracula (1897). This work, involving hypnotism, magic, the supernatural, and other elements of gothic fiction, went on to sell over one million copies and is still selling strongly today. So well known has his fictional character become that today it is possible to visit the castle of Count Dracula in the Transylvanian region of Romania, a country that Stoker never visited. Several film versions of the story, both serious and comic, have made Stoker's work a part of modern mythology. His novel The Lair of the White Worm (1911) has also been made into film. It and the novel The Lady of the Shroud are, like Dracula, fantastic tales of horror. Leslie S. Klinger is the author of numerous books, including The Sherlock Holmes Reference Library and the best-selling The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes and The New Annotated Dracula. He lives in Malibu, California.
 
Published May 17, 2012 by W. W. Norton, New York. 144 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Comics & Graphic Novels, Action & Adventure, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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Klinger brings the same impressive breadth of knowledge that distinguished The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes to this definitive examination of one of the classic

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The Guardian

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We have evil vampires and benevolent vampires, traditional vampires and postmodern vampires, camp vampires and vanilla vampires, virginal vampires and cocksure, sexually explosive vampires.

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Publishers Weekly

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Klinger brings the same impressive breadth of knowledge that distinguished The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes to this definitive examination of one of the classic

Aug 25 2008 | Read Full Review of The New Annotated Dracula

Tor

Formally: The New Annotated Dracula, by Bram Stoker, edited with a foreword and notes by Leslie S.

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Deseret News

In the words of Bernard Davies, a lifelong student of 'Dracula,' in his provocative 'Unearthing Dracula — Burying Stoker,' 'We shall fit in all the pieces of the puzzle as neatly as we can, then throw the odd one or two left back in the box.

Oct 26 2008 | Read Full Review of The New Annotated Dracula

Love Vampires

This isn’t as batty as it sounds - as he explains in the volume’s preface, ‘I examined Stoker’s published compilation of letters, journals, and recordings as Stoker wished: I employ a gentle fiction here… that the events described in Dracula “really took place” and that the work presents the ...

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Military.com

In F W Murnau's great film Nosferatu (1922) - pirated from Stoker - the vampire is a nobleman, Graf Orlock, but he looks and acts like a vile rodent: the folkloric vampire.

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Horror News Net

In The New Annotated Dracula, Readers will find over 1,500 enlightening annotations that serve to help paint a fuller, more encompassing picture of the story of Dracula, the Harkers, Van Helsing, and the history of Victorian England.

Nov 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The New Annotated Dracula

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