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Garden City Books, 1959 - Fiction - 354 pages
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Restless Classics presents Bram Stoker's gothic masterpiece of horror, Dracula, newly introduced by celebrated author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel Alexander Chee and gorgeously illustrated by Kaitlin Chan.

Since its original publication in 1897, Dracula has spoken aloud some of our deepest cultural anxieties: fear of sexuality, xenophobia, homophobia, and distrust of The Other. Award-winning writer Alexander Chee places these fears in today's context in a fascinating new introduction to the Restless Classics edition, gorgeously illustrated by Kaitlin Chan. One of the most culturally recognizable and pervasive characters ever written, Stoker's Count Dracula is immensely more terrifying than the familiar caped and fanged representation we have come to know. The Count's terror lies not solely in his deadly bloodlust, but also in his harrowing ability to hide his malfeasance behind power and privilege.

When Jonathan Harker unearths Count Dracula's (un)deadly secret, he unwittingly starts a war between good and evil with disastrous repercussions. The innocent Lucy Westenra falls prey to his curse, Mina Harker narrowly escapes a vicious transformation, and the indefatigable Abraham Van Helsing risks life and afterlife to defeat his archnemesis. A masterpiece of gothic horror, Dracula is a resonant, terrifying contemplation of the unknown and cautionary reminder that evil doesn't always announce itself with fangs and coffins, it lurks within the normal and the mundane, just waiting to be uncovered.

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User Review  - lkmuir - LibraryThing

After discovering the double identity of the wealthy Transylvanian nobleman, Count Dracula, a small group of people vow to rid the world of the evil vampire. Illustrated notes throughout the text explain the historical background of the story. Read full review

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User Review  - hermit_9 - LibraryThing

Stoker’s work is a classic. This binding, the illustrations, and supporting materials make this edition the most pleasurable I have encountered. Read full review



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Bram Stoker was born in Dublin, Ireland on November 8, 1847. He was educated at Trinity College. He worked as a civil servant and a journalist before becoming the personal secretary of the famous actor Henry Irving. He wrote 15 works of fiction including Dracula, The Lady of the Shroud, and The Lair of the White Worm, which was made into film. He died on April 20, 1912.

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