by Bram Stoker

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First published in 1897 

"Although Stoker divides Dracula into chapters rather than into parts, the novel is easier to understand in terms of its four distinct parts, or sections.  The first of these parts relates Jonathan Harker's trip to Dracula's castle, when an ordinary business trip becomes a terrifying encounter with four powerful supernatural creatures.  In the second part, Dracula comes to England, where he seduces and destroys an innocent English girl, Lucy Westenra.  This part, which is also a kind of medical mystery in which two physicians attempt to understand what is happening to their patient, ends with Lucy's being destroyed by Dr. Van Helsing and three young men who had proposed marriage to her.  The third section brings together a number of characters to battle Dracula and includes the seduction of Mina Harker and the decision to track Dracula to his castle.  The fourth section includes the chase, in which this unified group tracks Dracula to his castle and finally destroys him."  Source:  Carol A. Senf.  Dracula:  Between Tradition and Modernism. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1998: 19-20.


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Library Catalog

To find books about Dracula in the LIBRARY CATALOG.  Type 'Dracula' in the Subject box. 

Selected Reference Books 

British Writers [REFPR85.B688]. See 'Supplement III' for a critical essay about Stoker's life and literary career.
Dictionary of Literary Biography [REFPN41.D5] Volumes 36, 70 and 178 contain essays about Stoker and Dracula.
Twentieth Century Literary Criticism [REFPN771.G27] Volume 8  contains exerpts from numerous critical essays about Dracula.
World Literature Criticism [REFPN523.W67] Volume 6 contains exerpts form critical essays about Dracula.

Please check at the Circulation Desk in the library for books which your instructor may have placed on reserve.

vlad.jpg (1726 bytes)Themes to Consider

Role of women
Science and Technology 
Vampirism and Dracula legend


bram.jpg (1238 bytes)Bram Stoker (1847-1912) studied at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.  He earned a degree in science (with honors) in 1868 and a master's degree in mathematics in 1872.  Stoker began work as a civil servant at Dublin Castle in 1868.  He also worked as an unpaid drama critic for the Dublin Evening Mail, and later, as a business manager of the Lyceum Theatre.  Stoker's first book, The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland, was published in 1879.  His short story collection, Under the Sunset, was published in 1882.  In 1892, Stoker began writing Dracula. 
Dracula's Home Page
Elizabeth Miller is an English professor (and author) at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.  Check this site for information about Dracula.

Dracula by Bram Stoker
This is one of several sites available for reading the novel online (which is in the public domain). 


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Written by Shielda Welling    Updated: Jun. 17, 2002