In Search of Dracula: The History of Dracula and Vampires

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 297 pages
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Until recently most people thought Dracula was a creation of film and fiction. With the original publication of In Search of Dracula, the actual historical figure of Prince Vlad of Transylvania - better known as Vlad the Impaler - was rediscovered, and readers were introduced to one of the darkest figures of Eastern European history and folklore. Out of print for more than a decade, In Search of Dracula has now been completely rewritten and updated. This new edition includes entries from Bram Stoker's newly discovered diaries, the amazing tale of Nicolae Ceausescu's attempt to make Vlad a Romanian national hero, and a comprehensive examination of recent adaptations of the Dracula story in novels, on stage, and on screen. For a member of the undead, Dracula has enjoyed a vibrant and ubiquitous life for the past century. Even more enduring and powerful a creation than Sherlock Holmes - with whom he shares similar late-Victorian popular literary origins - the Count continues to fascinate with his distinctive mixture of blood, sex, and death.
 

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McNally and Florescu, the authors of several Dracula-related titles, here trace the history of Vlad Tepes, a.k.a. Vlad the Impaler, the murderous Romanian prince upon whom Bram Stoker based his ... Read full review

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This was a book inherited from my late mother's library. She had a WIDE range of tastes and this book fit one of her many interests. I enjoyed reading it because through reading this I felt like I was accomplishing something for her. Would I have finished the book had it not been for that feeling of connection to my late mother...probably not, but the feeling of connection and remembering her interests and intelligence made the book more than worth the time. 

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Raymond T. McNally is a contributor for the following Houghton Mifflin Company Title: In Search of Dracula

Florescu is professor of history at Boston College since 1953. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Christ Church, Oxford University in Great Britain, before moving to the United States where he completed his Ph.D. at Indiana University.

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