09-20-2007 04:24 PM - edited 09-27-2007 04:10 PM
Dracula by Bram Stoker
A popular bestseller in Victorian England, Stoker's hypnotic tale of the bloodthirsty Count Dracula, whose nocturnal atrocities are symbolic of an evil ages old yet forever new, endures as the quintessential story of suspense and horror. The unbridled lusts and desires, the diabolical cravings that Stoker dramatized with such mythical force, render Dracula resonant and unsettling a century later.
Count Dracula has inspired countless movies, books, and plays. But few, if any, have been fully faithful to Bram Stoker's original, best-selling novel of mystery and horror, love and death, sin and redemption. Dracula chronicles the vampire's journey from Transylvania to the nighttime streets of London. There, he searches for the blood of strong men and beautiful women while his enemies plot to rid the world of his frightful power.
Today's critics see Dracula as a virtual textbook on Victorian repression of the erotic and fear of female sexuality. In it, Stoker created a new word for terror, a new myth to feed our nightmares, and a character who will outlive us all.
About Bram Stoker: Abraham "Bram" Stoker was born in Clontarf, Ireland on November 8th, 1847. After graduating with honors in Mathematics from Trinity College in Dublin, he secured a job at Dublin Castle. During this time, he began publishing stories in magazines. Eight years later, he married and moved to London.
In 1882, Stoker released Under the Sunset (a book of children's stories). His first novel, The Snake's Pass, followed in 1890. Dracula was released in 1897, bringing Stoker world-wide acclaim. Stoker continued to write and be published until his death on April 20th, 1912.
all titles and editions from Bram Stoker.
Message Edited by Jessica on 09-27-2007 04:10 PM
10-11-2007 06:57 PM
I got almost missed a lunch engagement this morning because I got engaged in watching the slide show of photos on Elizabeth Miller's site -- you can even select the speed at which you want to "flip" through them.
If I remember correctly, I visited that site a year ago and it has increased substantially in enjoyment in a year's time. (And it was good a year ago.)
If not familiar with his story, do take a moment or two with a couple of biographies of Stoker. He is frequently compared with Wilkie Collins. Accounts will undoubtedly contradict each other.
http://www.queensland.co.uk/bram.html (See also Dracula link near bottom)
10-14-2007 10:56 PM
Great links! I've got conflicting feelings about the gradesaver website, though. I'm wondering how many students use that site not as an educational tool but as a way to write an essay or research paper without actually reading the book...
10-14-2007 11:22 PM
The cynic in me replies, "It's their lives, their losses." And maybe someday they will return to the "real thing"?
.... I've got conflicting feelings about the gradesaver website, though. I'm wondering how many students use that site not as an educational tool but as a way to write an essay or research paper without actually reading the book...
Glad you enjoyed the links.
10-18-2007 06:40 PM
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