New Release – Bram Stoker’s Notes for Dracula: A Facsimile Edition
Posted by Dark Whisperer on January 28, 2009
Authors: Robert Eighteen-Bisang and Elizabeth Miller
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Inc.
Release Date: August 8th, 2008
Bram Stoker’s initial notes and outlines for his masterpiece were auctioned at Sotheby’s (London) in 1913. Eventually, they made their way to the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia, where they remain today. Until now, few of their 124 pages have been transcribed or analyzed.
This comprehensive work reproduces Bram Stoker’s handwritten notes in both facsimile and in annotated transcription. It includes his typewritten research notes and analyzes all of the materials – from his thoughts on the novel’s characters and settings to a nine-page calendar of events that includes most of the now-familiar story. The authors draw on their extensive knowledge of Dracula and vampires to guide readers through the construction of the novel, and the changes that were made to its structure, plot, setting and characters. Nine appendices provide insights into every aspect of the novel, while two detailed indexes help readers chart a course through Bram Stoker’s opus.
Whispers about Bram Stoker’s Notes for Dracula: A Facsimile Edition…
“A brilliant, jaw-dropping piece of scholarship.” – David J. Skal, the author of Hollywood Gothic
“The authors, Miller and Eighteen-Bisang, have done a wonderful job in demystifying these mostly handwritten notes that my great-grand uncle Bram Stoker created as his notes for the book Dracula. I had access to the notes myself for research, but the form that Elizabeth and Robert have put them in, as well as the comments and perspective they have added, make this a must-have for anyone interested in Dracula.” – Dacre Stoker, great-grand nephew of Bram Stoker
“#1 in My Top Ten Books of 2008. The absolute must companion piece for Bram Stoker’s epic tale. A mind boggling journey through Bram Stoker’s handwritten notes. A must book to own if you own Dracula.” – Peter Schwotzer, Famous Monsters of Filmland
“Reading through this book brought back to me the wonder and feelings of mysterious otherness that I felt the first time I read Stoker’s novel as a child. It is so fascinating to see his creative processes at work, the way the novel developed from his first notes, etc. There is a familiarity to the process, of course. Any writer should recognize similar processes in their own work as it develops from an idea to a finished book. The authors have done a wonderful and invaluable service to scholars and fans of Dracula! Like Stoker’s novel itself, this is a book to read more than once. I read Stoker’s novel again when I finished this book, and then reread the notes again. Best of all, for me, it has inspired me to work further on my own creations involving Dracula, begun in the novel, Crimson Kisses, published in 1982, and revisited in I Am Dracula in 1993. So, thank you, Robert and Elizabeth, for this stupendous achievement! Anyone who has ever been touched by the mystery of Dracula’s power will read and treasure this book, throughout the nights of time!” – C. Dean Andersson, author of Crimson Kisses (aka I Am Dracula)