Who Was Dracula?: Bram Stoker's Trail of Blood

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Penguin, Apr 4, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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The acclaimed author of The Last Greatest Magician in the World sleuths out literature's iconic vampire, uncovering the source material—from folklore and history, to personas including Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman—behind Bram Stoker's lord of the undead.

Praise for Who Was Dracula?

 
“A fantastic, well-documented story.” —Library Journal (starred review)
 
“[A] well-researched and entertaining take on Dracula’s origin story.” —Publishers Weekly
 
Who Was Dracula? chronicles the misadventures of Bram Stoker and his numerous friends and colleagues, both famous and obscure, hoping to unearth the recipe for a truly iconic character.” —San Francisco Book Review
 
Who Was Dracula? is a book you’ll want to sink your teeth into.” —“The Bookworm Sez”
 

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Contents

Title Page
One THE DEMON IN A WAY YOU CANNOT DREAM OF
Two THE BOY NATURALLY SECRETIVE TO THE WORLD
Three THE LEADING LADIES ONLY REAL FLOWERS
Four THE ACTING MANAGER DISAGREEABLE THINGS
Five THE VAMPIRE I AM DRACULA
Six THE VOIVODE RAGE AND FURY DIABOLICAL
Seven THE NOVELIST DREADFUL
Nine THE SUSPECT DISTINGUISHED PEOPLE
Ten THE ACTOR ABJECT TERROR GRIM HUMOR
Eleven THE POET PERENNIAL SWEET DEATH
Twelve THE PLAYWRIGHT THE MYSTERY OF HIS SIN
Thirteen THE ACCUSED MONSTROUS AND UNLAWFUL
Fourteen THE STRANGER HERE I AM NOBLE
Fifteen THE FRIENDS INTO THY HANDS O LORD
Acknowledgments and Sources

Eight THE MURDERER MORBIDLY FASCINATING

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About the author (2013)

JIM STEINMEYER is one of today’s most renowned historians of stage magic. He is the acclaimed author of The Glorious Deception and Hiding the Elephant, a Los Angeles Times bestseller. He is also a leading designer of magic illusion who has done work for television, Broadway, and many of the best-known names in modern magic, such as Doug Henning, Siegfried & Roy, and David Copperfield. Steinmeyer has also developed attractions and live shows for the Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, and Dreamworks, and has twice received fellowships from the Academy of Magical Arts. He lives in Los Angeles.

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