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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $16.00
  • December 1996
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-97012-8
  • 512 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide


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Bram Stoker (Author), Nina Auerbach (Editor, University of Pennsylvania), David J. Skal (Editor)


This Norton Critical Edition presents fully annotated the text of the 1897 First Edition.

A rich selection of background and source materials is provided in three areas: Contexts includes probable inspirations for Dracula in the earlier works of James Malcolm Rymer and Emily Gerard. Also included are a discussion of Stoker's working notes for the novel and "Dracula's Guest," the original opening chapter to Dracula. Reviews and Reactions reprints five early reviews of the novel. "Dramatic and Film Variations" focuses on theater and film adaptations of Dracula, two indications of the novel's unwavering appeal. David J. Skal, Gregory A. Waller, and Nina Auerbach offer their varied perspectives. Checklists of both dramatic and film adaptations are included.

Criticism collects seven theoretical interpretations of Dracula by Phyllis A. Roth, Carol A. Senf, Franco Moretti, Christopher Craft, Bram Dijsktra, Stephen D. Arata, and Talia Schaffer.

A Chronology and a Selected Bibliography are included.



    A Note on the Text

    The Text of Dracula


    1. Emily Gerard, From Transylvanian Superstitions
    2. James Malcolm Rymer, From Varney the Vampyre: Or, The Feast of Blood
    3. Christopher Frayling, Bram Stoker’s Working Papers for Dracula
    4. Bram Stoker, Dracula’s Guest

    Reviews and Reactions

    1. The Daily Mail, Review (June 1, 1897)
    2. Athenaeum, Review (June 26, 1897)
    3. Spectator, Review (July 31, 1897)
    4. Bookman, Review (August 1897)
    5. San Francisco Chronicle, New Novels and Holiday Books (December 17, 1899)

    Dramatic and Film Variations

    1. David J. Skal, “His Hour Upon the Stage”: Theatrical Adaptations of Dracula
    2. Dramatic Adaptations: A Checklist
    3. Gregory A. Waller, [Tod Browning’s Dracula]
    4. Nina Auerbach, Vampires in the Light
    5. Film Adaptations, A Checklist


    1. Phyllis A. Roth, Suddenly Sexual Women in Bram Stoker’s Dracula
    2. Carol A. Senf, Dracula: The Unseen Face in the Mirror
    3. Franco Moretti, [A Capital Dracula]
    4. Christopher Craft, “Kiss Me with Those Red Lips”: Gender and Inversion in Bram Stoker’s Dracula
    5. Bram Dijsktra, [Dracula’s Backlash]
    6. Stephen D. Arata, The Occidental Tourist: Dracula and the Anxiety of Reverse Colonization
    7. Talia Schaffer, “A Wilde Desire Took Me”: The Homoerotic History of Dracula

    Bram Stoker: A Chronology

    Selected Bibliography