The Resource Something in the blood : the untold story of Bram Stoker, the man who wrote Dracula, David J. Skal

Something in the blood : the untold story of Bram Stoker, the man who wrote Dracula, David J. Skal

Label
Something in the blood : the untold story of Bram Stoker, the man who wrote Dracula
Title
Something in the blood
Title remainder
the untold story of Bram Stoker, the man who wrote Dracula
Statement of responsibility
David J. Skal
Title variation
Untold story of Bram Stoker, the man who wrote Dracula
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A groundbreaking biography reveals the haunted origins of the man who created Dracula and traces the psychosexual contours of late Victorian society. Bram Stoker, despite having a name nearly as famous as his legendary undead Count, has remained a puzzling enigma. Now, in this psychological and cultural portrait, David J. Skal exhumes the inner world and strange genius of the writer who conjured an undying cultural icon. Stoker was inexplicably paralyzed as a boy, and his story unfolds against a backdrop of Victorian medical mysteries and horrors: cholera and famine fever, childhood opium abuse, frantic bloodletting, mesmeric quack cures, and the gnawing obsession with "bad blood" that informs every page of Dracula. Stoker's ambiguous sexuality is explored through his lifelong acquaintance and romantic rival, Oscar Wilde, who emerges as Stoker's repressed shadow side--a doppelgänger worthy of a Gothic novel. The psychosexual dimensions of Stoker's passionate youthful correspondence with Walt Whitman, his punishing work ethic, and his slavish adoration of the actor Sir Henry Irving are examined in splendidly gothic detail."--Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Skal, David J
Dewey number
823
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Stoker, Bram
  • Novelists, English
  • Theatrical managers
Target audience
adult
Label
Something in the blood : the untold story of Bram Stoker, the man who wrote Dracula, David J. Skal
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
652 p., 8 unnumbered p. of plates
Isbn
9781631490101
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016028093
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • 225287
  • (HPL)vtls005561962
  • 354577
Label
Something in the blood : the untold story of Bram Stoker, the man who wrote Dracula, David J. Skal
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
652 p., 8 unnumbered p. of plates
Isbn
9781631490101
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016028093
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • 225287
  • (HPL)vtls005561962
  • 354577

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