Something in the Blood

Something in the Blood

The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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An "essential examination" ( New York Times Book Review ), this revelatory biography exhumes the haunted origins of the man behind the immortal myth.

In this "sumptuous" ( Publishers Weekly ) portrait of the man who birthed an undying cultural icon, David J. Skal "pulls back the curtain to reveal the author who dreamed up this vampire" ( Time ). "A fascinating character whose own anxieties and obsessions . . . were perfectly in tune with his late Victorian era" ( Boston Globe ), Stoker's infirm childhood unfolds against a tableau 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 pervades Dracula. Stoker's ambiguous sexuality is explored through his passionate youthful correspondence with Walt Whitman, his adoration of the actor Sir Henry Irving, and his romantic rivalry with lifelong acquaintance Oscar Wilde--here portrayed as a stranger-than-fiction doppelgänger. Recalling the psychosexual contours of Stoker's life and art in splendidly gothic detail, Something in the Blood is "a keepsake for any Dracula enthusiast" ( Seattle Times ) and the definitive biography for years to come.
16 pages of color and 80 black-and-white illustrations
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781631490101
Branch Call Number: 823.8 Stoke-S
Characteristics: xvii, 652 pages : colour illustrations ; 24 cm

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well, now his life has been told, and told well. one also acquires a vision of what Dublin Ireland was like during Stoker's days. What is missing is the psychoanalysis of the Dracula legend. If it is there, I missed it. However, I did get a feeling of what Stoker was like, as a person. There was a great deal of tieing him in to Oscar Wilde. Almost like writing a book about Faulkner,and writing a lot also about Twain ( except, of course, that those two were not contemporaneous; Wilde and Stoker, clearly were). Did I actually read about another poor male dressed up in female--clothes when he was very young? Hitler, Hemingway, also. Sad,sad, sad.

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Aug 06, 2017

This is supposedly a biography of Bram Stoker. There is quite a lot of information about Bram Stoker's life and the possible influences which lead him to write Dracula, but to get it you have to wade through reams and reams and reams of either unrelated or only peripherally related material. This author is obsessed with the playwright Oscar Wilde, who was a contemporary of Stoker's though not a close friend. Stoker's wife was once engaged to Wilde. One reviewer on Amazon says "this is a great biography of Oscar Wilde" and he was not far off the mark. This author is also obsessed with homosexuality in the 1800's (Bram Stoker lived from 1847 to 1912) and in addition to huge portions devoted to Oscar Wilde, this whole massive book absolutely throbs with the author's belief that Stoker was a closet homosexual who may or may not have ever acted on his supposed desires. It's certainly a possibility but the amount of time this author spends on the subject is ridiculous, and quite tedious. What I eventually did was skim over all the extraneous material and just read the parts that were actually about Bram Stoker but it was a very irritating experience.

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