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Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker. It introduced the character of Count Dracula and established many conventions of subsequent vampire fantasy. 

Originally published: 26 May 1897AuthorBram StokerPage count: 418CharactersDraculaJonathan HarkerMina HarkerMORECountriesUnited StatesEnglandGenres: Novel, Gothic fiction, Horror fiction, Epistolary novel, Fantasy Fiction, Occult Fiction, Invasion literature, Fantastique.

Nationality. Székely. Count Dracula (/ˈdrækjʊlə, -jələ/) is the title character of Bram Stoker’s 1897 gothic horror novel Dracula. He is considered to be both the prototypical and the archetypal vampire in subsequent works of fiction. He is also depicted in the novel to be the origin of werewolf legends.Created by‎: ‎Bram StokerNationality‎: ‎SzékelyNickname‎: ‎Evil eye‎; ‎Ordog‎; ‎Pokol‎; ‎Stregoika‎; ‎V…Title‎: ‎Transylvanian Noble; ‎Voivode‎; ‎Solom.

This article is about the novel. For the character, see Count Dracula. For other uses, see Dracula (disambiguation).

The cover of the first edition
AuthorBram Stoker
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherArchibald Constable and Company (UK)
Publication date26 May 1897

Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker. It introduced the character of Count Dracula and established many conventions of subsequent vampire fantasy. The novel tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and of the battle between Dracula and a small group of people led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing.

Dracula has been assigned to many literary genres including vampire literaturehorror fictiongothic fiction, and invasion literature. The novel has spawned numerous theatrical, film, and television interpretations.

Plot :

Stoker’s handwritten notes on the characters in the novel

The story is told in an epistolary format, as a series of letters, diary entries, newspaper articles, and ships’ log entries, whose narrators are the novel’s protagonists, and occasionally supplemented with newspaper clippings relating events not directly witnessed. The events portrayed in the novel take place chronologically and largely in England and Transylvania within the same year between 3 May and 6 November. A short note at the end of the final chapter is written 7 years after the events outlined in the novel.

Publication :

Dracula was published in London in May 1897 by Archibald Constable and Company. Costing six shillings, the novel was bound in yellow cloth and titled in red letters. It was copyrighted in the United States in 1899 with the publication by Doubleday & McClure of New York

Shakespearean actor and friend of Stoker’s Sir Henry Irving was a possible real-life inspiration for the character of Dracula. The role was tailor-made to his dramatic presence, gentlemanly mannerisms, and affinity for playing villain roles. Irving, however, never agreed to play the part on stage.

Official derivative publications

“Dracula’s Guest”

Main article: Dracula’s GuestCover of Dracula’s Guest and Other Weird Stories, a collection of short stories authored by Bram Stoker

The short story “Dracula’s Guest” was posthumously published in 1914, two years after Stoker’s death. It was, according to most contemporary critics, the deleted first (or second) chapter from the original manuscript  and the one which gave the volume its name,but which the original publishers deemed unnecessary to the overall story.


Further information: Dracula in popular cultureBela Lugosi as Count Dracula in the 1931 film.

The story of Dracula has been the basis for numerous films and plays. Stoker himself wrote the first theatrical adaptation, which was presented at the Lyceum Theatre on 18 May 1897 under the title Dracula, or The Undead shortly before the novel’s publication and performed only once, in order to establish his own copyright for such adaptations. This adaption was first published only a century later in October 1997. The first motion picture to feature Dracula was Dracula’s Death, produced in Hungary in 1921. The now-lost film, however, was not an adaptation of Stoker’s novel, but featured an original story.

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