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Dracula (Books of Wonder)

Bram Stoker; Illustrator-Barry Moser

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ISBN 10: 0688139213 / ISBN 13: 9780688139216
Published by HarperCollins, 2000
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Title: Dracula (Books of Wonder)

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Used: Good

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The punctured throat, the coffin lid slowly opening, the unholy shriek as the stake pierces the heart--these are just a few of the chilling images Bram Stoker unleashed upon the world with his 1897 masterpiece, Dracula. Inspired by the folk legend of nosferatu, the undead, Stoker created a timeless tale of gothic horror and romance that has enthralled and terrified readers ever since.

This illustrated edition does full justice to the clark splendor of Stoker's novel of the count who feeds off the blood of the living. Stark and powerful relief engravings from renowned illustrator Barry Moser bring to life the story's most unforgettable moments and characters: the ship of death that brings Dracula to English shores as it pitches upon the sea; the final terrible siege at his Transylvanian lair; and the faces of clever, loving Mina Harker, mad, ravenous Renfield, wise Professor Van Helsing, and of course, Count Dracula himself.

Told in letters, diary entries, and news clippings, Dracula maintains an uncanny power over the reader, not only in the chilling charisma of its oftimitated character, but in the pace and fury of its storytelling. Stoker's novel has inspired countless movies and stories. But the original Dracula, like its hero, has the power to live forever.

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Dracula is one of the few horror books to be honored by inclusion in the Norton Critical Edition series. (The others are Frankenstein, The Turn of the Screw, Heart of Darkness, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and The Metamorphosis.) This 100th-anniversary edition includes not only the complete authoritative text of the novel with illuminating footnotes, but also four contextual essays, five reviews from the time of publication, five articles on dramatic and film variations, and seven selections from literary and academic criticism. Nina Auerbach of the University of Pennsylvania (author of Our Vampires, Ourselves) and horror scholar David J. Skal (author of Hollywood Gothic, The Monster Show, and Screams of Reason) are the editors of the volume. Especially fascinating are excerpts from materials that Bram Stoker consulted in his research for the book, and his working papers over the several years he was composing it. The selection of criticism includes essays on how Dracula deals with female sexuality, gender inversion, homoerotic elements, and Victorian fears of "reverse colonization" by politically turbulent Transylvania.

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