Dracula

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Ignatius Press, 2012 - Fiction - 558 pages
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When solicitor's clerk Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania on business to meet a mysterious Romanian count named Dracula, he little expects the horrors this strange meeting will unleash. Thus Bram Stoker's 1897 novel of blood and passion begins, rapidly accelerating from Harker's nightmarish experiences in Castle Dracula to a full-fledged vampiric assault on late-Victorian London itself. The story, narrated through a collection of documents-primarily journal entries and letters-chronicles the desperate efforts of a band of gentlemen to protect the virtue of their ladies and lay to rest the ancient threat once and for all.

Often vacillating wildly between the terrible and the comic, Dracula at the same time brings to life a host of compelling themes: tensions between antiquity and modernity; the powers and limitations of technology; the critical importance of feminine virtue; the difference between superstition and religion; the nature of evil; and, perhaps most compellingly, the complex relationship between ancient faith and scientific enlightenment. More vivid than any of its varied film adaptations, and over a century after its first publication, Dracula still retains its sharp bite.

 

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Contents

Draculas Guest
13
Jonathan Harkers Journal
33
Jonathan Harkers Journal
51
Jonathan Harkers Journal
69
Letter from Miss Mina Murray to Miss Lucy Westenra
86
Mina Murrays Journal
98
Cuttings from The Dailygraph
117
Mina Murrays Journal
136
Dr Sewards Diary
297
Dr Sewards Diary
313
Jonathan Harkers Journal
333
Jonathan Harkers Journal
349
Dr Sewards Diary
367
Jonathan Harkers Journal
385
Dr Sewards Diary
400
Dr Sewards Phonograph Diary Spoken by Van Helsing
416

Letter from Mina Harker to Lucy Westenra
155
Letter from Dr Seward to the Honourable Arthur Holmwood
173
Lucy Westenras Diary
190
Dr Sewards Diary
206
Dr Sewards Diary
227
Mina Harkers Journal
247
Dr Sewards Diary
266
Dr Sewards Diary
283
Dr Sewards Diary
434
Dr Sewards Diary
452
Mina Harkers Journal
473
Bram Stoker
497
Religion and Superstition in Bram Stokers Dracula
513
From Nosferatu to Bram
529
Contributors
557
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About the author (2012)

Bram Stoker was born in Dublin, Ireland on November 8, 1847. He was educated at Trinity College. He worked as a civil servant and a journalist before becoming the personal secretary of the famous actor Henry Irving. He wrote 15 works of fiction including Dracula, The Lady of the Shroud, and The Lair of the White Worm, which was made into film. He died on April 20, 1912.

Eleanor Bourg Nicholson edited the Ignatius Critical Editions publication of Mansfield Park (under her maiden name, Donlon). Her epistolary novella, The Letters of Magdalen Montague, previously serialized in Dappled Things, is now available through Kaufmann Publishing. She and her husband live in Charlottesville,Virginia.

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