Bram Stoker book"Dracula"
Author Bram Stoker, author of the world's best selling novel "Dracula" was born in Clontarf, Dublin in November 1847.After a sickly childhood he completed a degree course at Trinity College and then followed his father's footsteps into the civil service at Dublin Castle.
However, his real interest lay in drama and he wrote a drama column for the Dublin Daily Mail newspaper in the 1870's. In 1878 Stoker married Florence Balcombe - who had been courted by Oscar Wilde - and moved to England. Bram Stoker died in London in April 1912.
INTRODUCTION Dracula is one of the most famous horror novels of all time. "Dracula", was first published in 1897.The only book to outsell it is the Bible. "Dracula" has had a huge effect on the world of the theatre, the cinema and art.It has been the source of inspiration for countless books, films and plays.
Book Plot In the mountains of Transylvania there is a castle. It is the home of Count Dracula - a dark, lonely place. In the year 1875 Jonathan Harker comes from England to do business with the Count.Harker discovers that Dracula sleeps in a coffin in a crypt beneath the castle during the day and spends nights stealing babies from the nearby town. He attempts to escape the castle, where he has become a hostage.
Harker's fiancée, Mina Murray is on friendly terms with a young lady named Lucy. Lucy begins acting strangely, and Mina finds two tiny holes in Lucy's neck. Lucy's condition deteriorates, and she gets weaker and paler. Holmwood appeals to his friend and former rival for Lucy's affections, the doctor Seward, to assess her condition. He also calls in a specialist, Dr. Van Helsing. Despite various treatments, Lucy dies.
After Harker and Mina return to London, Harker sees Dracula on the street but begins to doubt his own sanity. Reports in the newspaper detail the abduction of several small children near the cemetery where Lucy was buried. Harker describes his experiences in Dracula's castle to Van Helsing, who connects Dracula with Lucy. He realizes that Lucy has become a vampire. Van Helsing, Seward, Holmwood, and Morris, trap Lucy, drive a stake through her heart, and cut off her head.
Meanwhile, Dracula has chosen Mina for his next victim and begins to turn her into a vampire. Van Helsing and his crew try to save her, but realize they have to kill Dracula to do it. They track Dracula to his London home, yet he manages to escape. They follow him to Europe, and after a struggle, they drive a knife through his heart. As Dracula's body disintegrates, Mina is saved.