Even in our vampire-obsessed age, Dracula remains the first, the best, and the most hypnotic bloodsucker of all. Jonathan Harker, a young solicitor, journeys to Transylvania to complete a property deal with the mysterious Count Dracula. But the naive Harker does not know who and what he is dealing withand this simple business transaction ends up unleashing a terrible evil on his countrymen. All that stands between the innocent citizens of London and the Count’s reign of terror are the vampire hunter Dr Van Helsing and his team of slayers. Stoker’s classic and oft-dramatized novel captured the fears of his age. Irresistibly attractive and unfailingly murderous, Dracula represented everything the Victorians feared: the irrational, the pagan, the erotic, and the foreign. It is as exciting today as when first published in 1897. The world's greatest works of literature are now available in these beautiful keepsake volumes. Bound in real cloth, and featuring gilt edges and ribbon markers, these beautifully produced books are a wonderful way to build a handsome library of classic literature. These are the essential novels that belong in every home. They'll transport readers to imaginary worlds and provide excitement, entertainment, and enlightenment for years to come. All of these novels feature attractive illustrations and have an unequalled period feel that will grace the library, the bedside table or bureau.
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.