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Dracula is an iconic novel by Bram Stoker which introduced the terrifying figure of the aristocratic vampire, Count Dracula.
Presented in the epistolary form, this work portrays the chilling adventures that the young Jonathan Harker accidentally falls into while on his way to Transylvania. While Harker is under the impression that Count Dracula is in need of his legal assistance, he slowly begins to become aware of the evil that lurks within the castle. The question that remains is whether Harker will survive his stay in Dracula's castle, or will he face the same fate as his other victims.
This novel also introduces other narratives by Harker's wife, Mina, and the vampire hunter, Van Helsing. As the multiple narratives, in the form of letters, journals and newspaper clippings, progresses, Dracula almost claims Harker as his victim and then transports him to England, where Lucy Westenra falls prey to his monstrosity.
Will Mina be his next victim? Will Helsing be able prevent Count Dracula from claiming more victims?
This classic novel continues to be popular amongst readers even today. This book was adapted into various film versions such as the 1931 Dracula, where Count Dracula was played by Bela Lugosi and the 1992 Dracula, starring Anthony Hopkins.
About Bram Stoker
Bram Stoker was an Irish author who is best known for his gothic fictional works. Some of his published works include Dracula, The Duties Of Clerks Of Petty Sessions In Ireland, Personal Reminiscences Of Henry Irving, and The Lady Of The Shroud.
He was born near Dublin into a large family of seven children. As a child, he suffered from a mysterious illness and as he grew up, he remained shy and unsocial. However, while studying at Trinity College, he became an athlete. Despite studying Mathematics, he wanted to become a writer. Yet, he followed his father's wishes and became a civil servant in Dublin. He also became a part of the theatrical traditions of the time at the Lyceum Theatre.