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Dracula (Wordsworth Classics) [Paperback]

Bram Stoker
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1 April 1993 Wordsworth Classics

This Wordsworth Edition includes an exclusive Introduction and Notes by Dr David Rogers, Kingston University.

‘There he lay looking as if youth had been half-renewed, for the white hair and moustache were changed to dark iron-grey, the cheeks were fuller, and the white skin seemed ruby-red underneath; the mouth was redder than ever, for on the lips were gouts of fresh blood, which trickled from the corners of the mouth and ran over the chin and neck. Even the deep, burning eyes seemed set amongst the swollen flesh, for the lids and pouches underneath were bloated. It seemed as if the whole awful creature were simply gorged with blood; he lay like a filthy leech, exhausted with his repletion.’

Thus Bram Stoker, one of the greatest exponents of the supernatural narrative, describes the demonic subject of his chilling masterpiece Dracula, a truly iconic and unsettling tale of vampirism.


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; New Ed edition (1 April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185326086X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853260865
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[Coralie Bickford-Smith's] recent work for Penguin Classics is...nothing short of glorious (Anna Cole Co.)

One of the most powerful horror tales ever written (Malcolm Bradbury) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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'Those who cannot find their own reflection in Bram Stoker's still-living creation are surely the undead' - New York Times Review of Books --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don`t read it in the Dark 23 Jan 2009
By Sleath
Format:Paperback
I used to work as an colliery electrician patrolling the black, silent miles of tunnels alone, so I usually took a book with me to pass the time. I took this book one day, could not put it down, read it in one shift and have never been so glad to find another human being in my life.
O.K. Some of the dialogue may seem a bit dated compared to modern styles but this only adds to the atmosphere and creates a truly creepy novel unlike anything I have ever read.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dracula - restricted diet (no vegetables please) 21 July 2004
Format:Paperback
Most weekends when we were teenagers, my friend and I took the early evening bus (you can tell it was a long time ago because there was a regular and reliable bus service) into the local market town to watch whatever film Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee were starring in at the cinema - usually some variation of Dracula. More recently I've enjoyed Francis Ford Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula". It's high time I got round to reading the original book. So now I have and I listened to the audiobook as well. It's a great story: very imaginative, creepy and atmospheric. To my surprise, I enjoyed the book more than any of the films - and I enjoyed the films a lot. Bram Stoker's Dracula story isn't very much like Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula" - as good as that film was, and I had imagined that he'd called it "Bram Stoker's Dracula" because he'd followed the original story closely, but nothing of the sort.
The book has aged rather well, I think. The style is unlike any modern book I've read and is written as a series of journals, diary entries, letters, memoranda and newspaper articles, so the reader sees the events from various angles. Great use is made of the modern technology and scientific theories of the time. Dr Seward keeps his diary using a phonograph, Mina and Jonathan Harker use shorthand, Mina transcribes all the diaries on her typewriter and "knits" them into a sensible order. Use is also made of the very peculiar and sometimes dangerous medicine and psychology of the period. Dr Van Helsing is a medical doctor. He performs blood transfusions (blood groups are not an issue it seems) and the blood is pumped straight from the arms of no fewer than 3 men into the body of one anaemic girl.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most atmospheric book I have ever read 12 Mar 2003
Format:Paperback
After being a fan of the now rather hammy looking Hammer Horror Dracula films in my youth I finally decided to buy the original novel and, to be honest, was startled at its brilliance.
It is dark, brooding and powerfully atmospheric - more so than any horror novel I have ever encountered. In its genre it is rightly regarded as one of the premiere pieces of literature of all time.
I would certainly rank it along with greats like Wuthering Heights and Sense and Sensibility as one of the most outstanding reads in British history.
Everyone is familiar with the legend, but Stoker's original is so interesting in that it is written solely in the form of personal journals and press reports, rather than describing the actions as they happen.
Things start piecing themselves together gradually as readers can compare one piece of evidence from Dr Seward with the events of Mina Harker's life and the sad diary of Lucy Westenra.
This allows the reader to get closer than is usual to the characters, an environment that is truly gripping from beginning to end.
Quite simply it is a book that everyone should own and at this price it is an absolute steal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The daddy of vampire fiction 3 Oct 2012
Format:Paperback
I'll be honest, I've only actually read `Dracula' once before - when I was twenty or so - and didn't really think much of it. Jonathan Harker's opening narrative seemed to me, then, slow and uninvolving and I believe I thought the rest of the book not much of an improvement. One of the joys of art - be it books, films or music - is that you can come back to something with fresh eyes at a later point in your life and appreciate it in a whole different way. `Dracula', this time around, has been a fantastically entertaining surprise. So much so that I wish I could go back to my twenty year old self, peel back his skull and try to work out what the Hell he was thinking.

Written in 1897, the book can be seen as very much part of an English `fin de siècle'; art created at the end of the glorious Victorian age which nevertheless reveals anxiety about the world around it. `Dracula' actually sees the old and the new come together, with a member of the aristocracy working hand in hand with gentlemen of the professions (doctors, a lawyer), as well as an American gentleman, to stop a threat facing London. The Upper Classes and the new Middle Classes joining so harmoniously together without comment on their distinctions, is something quite modern for the Victorian novel. (The Working Classes also put in an appearance, although they are pretty much illiterate and drunk, however they do recognise their betters. Other writers would create books for them). There are also new fangled inventions like the phonograph, and the great wonders of transport created in the Victorian age are put to great use.

And yet, there is a constant threat of the unknown. A visitor from a country at the far edge of Europe reaches in and disrupts the harmony of this secure world.
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Published 23 days ago by mrs c morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived on time in brilliant condition
My book arrived on time and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and will definitely be re-reading this again in the near future. An absolute classic.
Published 4 months ago by Mehroz Waheed
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of suspense
I wouldn't give it a 5 stars because I don't really like this genre. But the book was definitely a great read. I would re read it in the future.
Published 6 months ago by Janice Rowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
now I won't lie this book was fantastic, but in truth I'm more of a fictional reader in the sense that it feels like it's a fiction book, with this even though it's fiction and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by D. Bateman
4.0 out of 5 stars great quality and fast delivery
I bought 4 books at the same time from this seller and they came so fast! I was so happy when they arrived (bookworm over here!). Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rebecca L
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
having seen the Frances Ford Coppola film, I found that that, portrayal is quite true to the book, though I found the books ending surprisingly abrupt.
Published 10 months ago by df
3.0 out of 5 stars Start good, gets a bit boring for a while after
really good beginning of the book but Dracula does not appear for quite a while after and gets a little bit boring.
Published 12 months ago by wild
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent value for money. Arrived in good time and good condition. Would highly recommend to anyone else looking for classics at an affordable price.
Published 16 months ago by KATY FEDERMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing beats having the original
My daughter studied a screenplay of Dracula at school and loved it, so I ordered the book as a present. It doesn't disappoint.
Published 16 months ago by Sue S
5.0 out of 5 stars A GRIPPING VAMPIRE NARRATIVE
A classic in the field of vampire horror that will never die (like the undead - Oops!) The diary form expertly conveys the individual characters. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Anne Gresham
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