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Dracula s Guest and Other Weird Tales (Penguin Classics.

Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker . It introduced Count Dracula , and established many conventions of subsequent vampire fantasy. [1] The novel tells the story of Draculas attempt to move from Transylvania Dracula's Guest: Classics
Dracula s Guest and Other Weird Tales (Penguin Classics.

Dracula's guest: classics



Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker . It introduced Count Dracula , and established many conventions of subsequent vampire fantasy. [1] 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 men and a woman led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing .

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

The story is told in 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 during the 1890s and all transpire within the same year between 3 May and 6 November. A short note is located at the end of the final chapter written 7 years after the events outlined in the novel.

Harker's fiancée, Mina Murray , is staying with her friend Lucy Westenra , who is holidaying in Whitby . Lucy receives three marriage proposals from Dr. John Seward , Quincey Morris , and Arthur Holmwood (the son of Lord Godalming who later obtains the title himself [2] ). Lucy accepts Holmwood's proposal while turning down Seward and Morris, but all remain friends. Dracula communicates with Seward's patient, Renfield , an insane man who wishes to consume insects, spiders, birds, and rats to absorb their "life force". Renfield is able to detect Dracula's presence and supplies clues accordingly.

Following Lucy's death and burial, the newspapers report children being stalked in the night by a "bloofer lady" (i.e., "beautiful lady"). [3] Van Helsing, knowing Lucy has become a vampire, confides in Seward, Lord Godalming, and Morris. The suitors and Van Helsing track her down and, after a confrontation with her, stake her heart, behead her, and fill her mouth with garlic. Around the same time, Jonathan Harker arrives from Budapest , where Mina marries him after his escape, and he and Mina join the campaign against Dracula.

The book closes with a note left by Jonathan Harker seven years after the events of the novel, detailing his married life with Mina and the birth of their son, whom they name after all four members of the party, but address as "Quincey". Quincey is depicted sitting on the knee of Van Helsing as they recount their adventure. Seward and Arthur have each gotten married.



 
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