ISBN-10:
0393064506
ISBN-13:
9780393064506
Pub. Date:
10/13/2008
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
The New Annotated Dracula

The New Annotated Dracula

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Overview

Cause for international celebration—the most important and complete edition of Dracula in decades.

In his first work since his best-selling The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Leslie S. Klinger returns with this spectacular, lavishly illustrated homage to Bram Stoker's Dracula. With a daring conceit, Klinger accepts Stoker's contention that the Dracula tale is based on historical fact. Traveling through two hundred years of popular culture and myth as well as graveyards and the wilds of Transylvania, Klinger's notes illuminate every aspect of this haunting narrative (including a detailed examination of the original typescript of Dracula, with its shockingly different ending, previously unavailable to scholars). Klinger investigates the many subtexts of the original narrative—from masochistic, necrophilic, homoerotic, "dentophilic," and even heterosexual implications of the story to its political, economic, feminist, psychological, and historical threads. Employing the superb literary detective skills for which he has become famous, Klinger mines this 1897 classic for nuggets that will surprise even the most die-hard Dracula fans and introduce the vampire-prince to a new generation of readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393064506
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/13/2008
Series: Annotated Books Series
Edition description: Annotated
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 473,646
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Bram Stoker (1847-1912), an Irish novelist and short story writer, was known during his lifetime as the personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned, but is best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula.

Leslie S. Klinger is the editor of numerous books, including the best-selling The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, The New Annotated Dracula, and The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft. He lives in Malibu, California.

Leslie S. Klinger is the editor of numerous books, including the best-selling The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, The New Annotated Dracula, and The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft. He lives in Malibu, California.

Leslie S. Klinger is the editor of numerous books, including the best-selling The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, The New Annotated Dracula, and The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft. He lives in Malibu, California.

Neil Gaiman is the author of the New York Times best-selling A View from the Cheap Seats, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Graveyard Book, Coraline, Neverwhere, and the Sandman series of graphic novels, among other works. His fiction has received Newbery, Carnegie, Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner Awards. His novel American Godsaired as a TV seriesin 2017. Originally from England, he lives in the United States, where he is a professor at Bard College.

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The New Annotated Dracula 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
duck2ducks More than 1 year ago
This is not a book for everyone. Hell, turns out it's not even a book for ME. But if the measure of an annotated edition is how ridiculously in-depth it dissects the source material, then this should actually earn TEN stars out of five. Having just finished Dracula, I thought I'd like to pick up the Annotated Edition and read through that. Especially with tales that have proven so influential and have directed so much of what's come after, reading about the inner workings and background minutiae can be just as fascinating as the work itself. But this edition goes above and beyond the usual remit to a degree that's nothing less than staggering. There are entire chapters, prefacing and following the novel, detailing the life of Bram Stoker, the historical setting against which the book was written, literary descendants of and dissertations on Dracula, the story's life in other media such as theatre and film, the short story "Dracula's Guest" (likely an excised first chapter reworked into a quasi-prelude), and much much more. But the true jaw-dropping efforts come with the annotations themselves. Any thought I had of quickly reading just the notes over the course of an hour or two were instantly dispensed with, once I saw the scope I was up against. Merely the first chapter of this 27-chapter novel has 102 annotations - the first 17 of which only cover the first three paragraphs. And these aren't notes of just a few lines each. No, these first 17 annotations take up six full pages (ie, not counting story pages) in tiny annotation-type, on pages slightly smaller than that of a coffee-table book. The annotated novel portion of the book takes up 500 pages, and if I were to hazard a guess I'd estimate that 150 of those are taken up by the novel itself, and the rest by the notes. "Impressive" is not a strong enough word to describe the amount of work and detailed study that had to go into such a volume. I liked the novel well enough (enjoying certain parts, frustrated by others) ... but not with anywhere near the fascination or fervor one would need to pore over all the details laid out herein. But for those who do find themselves that intrigued by the novel that they want to delve deeper into it than anyone was ever meant to know ... this is the book for you. Is that an incredibly niche demographic? Perhaps. But for those who this is meant for, it's beyond amazing - something that even those who this isn't meant for, such as myself, can still at least appreciate. One caveat: The fictional conceit employed by the author - that Bram Stoker was writing a true story - is in fact as annoying as everyone says, even in the very few notes that I scanned. Were one to attempt reading all the footnotes, that constant clash against the reader's patience might in fact be enough to drive one mad as Renfield himself.
msjessicamae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Last year I decided that it was about time I read Dracula. I had seen Leslie Klinger's The New Annotated Dracula and knew this was the version that I had to own. It was not before long that I realized this was the wrong version for my first time Dracula read. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE all of the information but the annotations were so lengthy and drew me in (cue: me flipping through the pages to read a note that was referenced 3 chapters earlier) it was going to take me 3 times as long to get through the book. I finally had to ignore most of the notes, knowing that I would be able to read them later.My favorite part of the book would have to be the beginning, when Jonathan is at Dracula's castle. The descriptions are great, with just enough creepiness to get my heart pumping. I am ashamed to say that I was totally in the dark about how the book ended. I did not know what happened to Dracula, I actually thought the exact opposite happened. It was a surprising revelation as well as a fun one. It is nice (and a bit pathetic) to be surprised by the end of a classic.I found it interesting that Dracula's connection with Mina reminded me of Voldemort and Harry Potter. The marks on the forehead and the mental connections that they had were similar enough that I began to wonder if J.K. Rowling had any inspiration from Dracula while writing HP.I am so glad I can finally say that I have read Dracula. It was an interesting story that I waited way too long to finally read. Now that I have finished, I am excited the next Halloween I will dive in again. I wonder what kind of details I missed the first time around.
drneutron on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dracula's not a new story for me - or for nearly anyone - but The New Annotated Dracula was a refreshing look at this old story. Leslie Klinger's slight "editorial conceit" is that Dracula is based on actual events described by the Harkers, and that the extant source material shows the evolution of the story as Stoker tries to disguise the people and places involved without destroying the core of the story. He then uses the source material (a set of research notes and an early manuscript showing hand written corrections) and clues from the manuscript to work out timelines and settings for the "real" story, which are described in a great (in number and in interest) set of notes to the text. Add an introduction by Neil Gaiman and a set of appendices discussing the later history in book and film of the Dracula story and a brief introduction to literary analysis of the story, and we get a really nice reference volume. Klinger's work points out several things that I'd never noticed in previous readings. First and foremost, Van Helsing isn't the know-it-all expert on vampires I expected him to be. We have this picture of him as a wise old vampire hunter, but in reality, Stoker paints him as a very intelligent scientist confronted by a new field with very practical and immediate consequences. Van Helsing needs to go off and do research, he makes mistakes, he misinterprets vampire behavior and constraints. So in reading the story this time, he became a more real character for me. The other eye-opening came with the alternate interpretation of Quincey Morris' behavior, especially as it relates to Dracula's death. It's possible to infer that in fact, Dracula escaped in the end, an idea that really intrigued me. Neither of these ideas are new, but Klinger's work really laid out the cases nicely.While the notes were great, and Klinger did a great job introducing Stoker's life and the immediate history of the book, I thought the appendices were a bit weak. There are definitely other places to go for a better recounting of post-Stoker Dracula works. There's a lot of analysis of the story out there, but Klinger sticks with the standby interpretation of vampirism as a substitute for sex. Ok, that's fine, but his analysis is a bit shallow, and a bit tired. If you haven't read Dracula yet, I suspect the format of the book and all the notes will be distracting. If you've read and enjoyed the story, this edition will probably add to the richness of the text and you may want to consider it for your next reread.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was a bit disappointed to realize that Dracula does not stand up very well to re-reading, at least in my opinion -- a lot of plot elements that seem to make sense the first time around show themselves to be riddled with holes with re-reading. I still love Mina, though.What really made this a five-star read for me were the marvelously detailed and witty annotations from Leslie Klinger. As with his masterful work on The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Klinger works from the tongue-in-cheek assumption that Dracula is a fictionalized record of true events. This prompts cattiness over the confusion of dating the events of the book, since the moon is full every time it's mentioned, but also offers loopholes for some of the more egregious errors in the novel: clearly, the reason Van Helsing is a wildly incompetent medical doctor is that the "real" Van Helsing was not a medical doctor at all, and this vocation has been added in order to disguise the identity of the real Van Helsing! In addition to these amusements, the notes are riddled with information about Transylvanian geography and culture, historical and modern views on vampirism, and all kinds of useless trivia that is just ridiculously fun for a nerd like me.
dmsteyn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, and what can one really say about Dracula that has not already been said (in a better or worse way)? This book revealed to me that the subject has not been, ahem, sucked dry. Leslie Klinger does a brilliant job of reanimating the desiccated corpse that is Dracula. Like Mary Shelley¿s Frankenstein, everyone knows about Dracula, or think they do. But most of that knowledge is decidedly of the popular ilk, based on other media like cinema. Frankenstein¿s monster is an example of how this ¿knowledge¿ can be mistaken. In the same vein (if you¿ll excuse the pun), Dracula himself has been appropriated by mass culture, turning him into a svelte, handsome aristocrat. Stoker¿s actual vampire is an old man with facial hair, for crying out loud! And he can survive in sunlight, though the misunderstanding here is a bit more forgivable, as Stoker himself seems to be unsure about this (Dracula walks around during the day, at times, yet Van Helsing says that daylight destroys vampires). Strange how the mythic images we grow up with relate to the reality of their origins.Even if you have not read Dracula, you should have an idea (how ever warped) about what happens in the novel: Jonathan Harker comes to Transylvania to arrange the affairs of a mysterious count (a title which Klinger notes did not actually exist in Transylvania at the time), who wishes to emigrate to England. Harker becomes embroiled in a dark adventure in Dracula¿s castle, where he is imprisoned and accosted by beautiful female vampires. Dracula arrives in England after an eventful sea voyage, and then the fun really begins, with stakings, blood transfusions, and a lot of searching for boxes of earth. In the end, Dracula is forced to flee back to his castle, where he gets destroyed (or does he?) and the gallant heroes rejoice.What Klinger does in this annotated edition is quite interesting. He gives copious notes on background, points out inconsistencies, and collates the published version of Dracula (both the 1897 and later abridged version) with the Manuscript. This manuscript is in private hands, and Klinger is apparently the first person to critically compare it to the extant novel. It reveals many interesting titbits, including a slightly different end to the novel. I thought that some of Klinger¿s notes verged on the side of nit-picking, and some were overly long, but on the whole, they added a fascinating extra dimension to the story.One thing I did find strange was Klinger¿s approach to the novel: he writes the notes as though the events of the novel actually occurred, and Stoker merely transcribed them in a fictional manner to conceal the identity of the characters. Although this is a harmless bit of tongue-in-cheek, it does start to become a little gratuitous at times, which grates. Klinger¿s obsessive collating of the dates, times of the moon, tide, etc. became a bit ridiculous, as he tried to date the time of the ¿actual events¿. There is nothing wrong with being thorough, but it can (and does) get taken a bit too far, in my opinion. Apparently, he also did this with the Annotated Sherlock Holmes, so it seems a bit of a trademark.The story of Dracula remains a seminal horror text: it is a great adventure, and is (for the most part) much better written than one might expect. Anyone who is interested in speculative fiction or the count should get this book. Despite its somewhat studious character, Klinger does an excellent job of elucidating the cultural milieu and the background on vampire lore. As an added bonus, the book contains appendices on Dracula in other media (mostly film and on stage), the influence of Dracula on some other writers (with special focus on Anne Rice and the ¿Buffy the Vampire-Slayer¿ universe), and even an essay on Dracula in academic writing.I am glad I read this book. It is always good to get back to the ur-myths of modern society. With the popularity of vampire stories in the present market, and their (for the most part) utter banal
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ReadingRedHead More than 1 year ago
I have not actually read this edition, so cannot speak to Gaiman's introduction, but this is the classic, greatest Gothic of all time, in my humble opinion. If you want a good scare, or you are interested in Gothic fiction, I recommend you start here. A Norton along with Gaiman's writing, would be just about as perfect as it gets as far as Gothic is concerned. Hope to read this edition soon!
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Blakesunflower More than 1 year ago
How brilliant is Stoker. Dracula gets into our primal unconscious, and stays there through his poetic prose of ennui and horror. This particular edition is a place to hang out for awhile and enjoy the dread. Annotated and filled with pictures and drawings I highly recommend it for those who want to escape to surrealism and this world, and see the world in a different and magical way.
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