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The Annotated Dracula

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  904 ratings  ·  83 reviews
"For the first time, an annotated edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula examines all of the evidence, including contemporary travel books, scientific texts, Victorian encyclopedias, as well as Stoker's own notes for the narrative and manuscript itself."
Readers will encounter over 1,500 illuminating annotations that provide fascinating background information on the language, cu...more
Hardcover, 362 pages
Published January 1st 1975 by Crown Publishers
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Oct 26, 2012 Paul marked it as to-read-novels  ·  review of another edition
Oh wow, this majestic volume arrived just the other day and is utterly magnificent, quite dractastic. I have reviewed Dracula-the-Novel elsewhere and I'll be gladly reviewing Dracula-the-New-Annotations when I can get to it (there is a small but urgent tranche of books to read before I can get to it).
Why New? Well, in 1975 there was a previous Annotated Dracula by a different guy, a Mr Wolf (I kid you not). That is also a handsome volume which I have. But this one is a completely different thin...more
This mighty volume should stand apart from all the thousand editions of Dracula because of its great beauty and because of the many interesting, witty, alarming and plain bonkers annotations which would the the main reason it's called The Annotated Dracula.
In 2008 an even more annotated edition was published, by some other people entirely, and that too is gorgeous and devoutly to be requested as a Christmas present. It's called The New Annotated Dracula, to distinguish itself from this one.
I found this book for sale at Skylight Books in Los Angeles, CA for a great price in late September and decided to take the Dracula challenge. It is a large textbook style edition, filled to the brim with annotations and more reference material then you would ever need about the the world that is, Dracula. The vampire myth had already been established to readers by the mid 1890's but this was the first time the world was introduced to the Count. Not sure what to expect, I jumped in with reckless...more
Before reviewing the novel itself, I must warn readers that Klinger's annotations require a bit of context. Yes, he is an expert on Victoriana, and he has done much to understand the region around Borgo Pass and Dracula's castle as well. He also brings in interesting footnotes about transfusions, telegraphs, typewriters and other matters of science and technology that appear in Stoker's era. However, Klinger is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars, and as such, he follows their convention of...more
Klinger approaches this annotated edition as if Stoker was merely relaying actual events; this gets very annoying by the second page of the novel. After page one, there are literally six pages of annotations, some of them relaying information that is completely inconsequential. This persists throughout, although the annotations do not overtake the actual novel to that extent again. The "gentle fiction," as Klinger puts it, of pretending the novel relays actual events, means that many of the anno...more
Read with the kids. I could write a whole piece on how Stoker's treatment of women ticked off my daughter. Mina Harker and Lucy's wedding fixation and helplessness drove Emme nuts. Emme also couldn't stand the whole: Mina was as 'smart as a man' attitude. Otherwise, Dracula was still a fascinating piece of fiction that captured the anxieties and stresses of proto-modernist age (sex, feminism, technology, scientific method, xenophobia, etc). The annotated version was in equal parts helpful and di...more
Having never read Dracula before, nor actually watched one of the many movies about Dracula from start to finish, I thought I should approach it by reading this annotated version.

First, I did enjoy reading the novel by Stoker. His use of the journal entries, telegrams, press clippings, etc. must have caused a bit of a stir back in 1897 when it was published and one can only imagine this device leaving readers wondering if maybe it were a true account of real events. (What? You mean it isn't real...more
Jul 12, 2012 Brooke marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I already had this on my wishlist on Amazon, and when I came across it at the library today, I almost checked it out. After flipping through it, though, I decided this is definitely a book to own. It's thick and substantial - not something to take on public transportation for the commute. Every page is filled to the brim with annotations that cover a huge range of topics. With the holidays coming up, this is the perfect thing to ask for and I can't wait to get a chance to read it.
Heather Ordover
Mar 28, 2012 Heather Ordover rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone over the age of 14
Ah, well... if you listened to the podcast you know that (a) I loved Dracula and (b) I found the annotations here to be both charming and at times frustrating. Towards the end the annotations (which are legion) were almost entirely used to pursue the theory that this story is true. A bit annoying for the reader who just wants to enjoy the story. Five stars for Drac, four for the annotations.
Leila Anani
Of all my copies of Dracula, this remains my favourite and most thumbed. The text is a facsimile of the first edition and the explanatory notes and appendices are invaluable plus it has lovely illustrations. For anyone studying the text of Dracula or simply interested in the world in which its set this is a must have and probably one of my favourite books in my library.
Okay, I liked the idea of Dracula. I liked the idea that the story was written through accounts of those who were clearly afraid of him. And while Dracula hardly showed up, his presence was scary enough to have made all of those encountering him tremble and "shat their pants."

I'm not sure, however, whether I liked reading the story through annotations. Sometimes the annotations helped (especially when it came to trying to decipher the accented persons), other times they didn't and mostly just in...more
Derek Wamboldt
To start with this is my first time reading Dracula. I find this version rather overwhelming and a bit too all-inclusive. If you want to read Dracula for the first time I suggest steering clear of this version. This book makes mention of every single discrepancy and difference from the original manuscript. I found it much easier to just ignore all the footnotes and stick with the story itself.

To hardcore Dracula fans to and anyone who is interested in the way the story was written this would be...more
Finally, the nightmare ends and I am through with this godawful fucking book.

It's not bad enough that the annotations are drier than vamp dust. It's not bad enough that the entirety of the "author" "research" is called into question because he can't be bothered to properly look up items that he references.

No. The absolute worst part about this ridiculous pile of garbage is the inference that ::gasp:: ::OMG:: Dracula is SOOOOO totes real. See how they put the wrong date here? Totally evidence. An...more
As a young person I passed almost daily a beautiful house at 15, The Crescent, Clontarf, with nary a second glance. Little did i know until later years who's childhood home this had been just over 50 years previously. What surprised me in retrospect was my mother, an avid reader, did not mention that Bram Stoker was born and raised here. She was forever pointing out the various literary homes and haunts of Oscar Wilde, Yeats, O'Casey, Swift, Shaw and Synge. It was only when I read "Dracula" as a...more
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Leslie Klinger has really put together an amazing work. The main show here isn't Dracula so much as the annotations: a collection of historical, geographical, critical, pop-culture, and other references (including photographs of the landscapes mentioned in the novel and strikingly-illustrated covers of early editions) which, at times, overwhelm the text itself.

That latter point is really my sole, if crucial, problem with this edition. It is very difficult to use The New Annotated Dracula to read...more
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This is a fascinating book. The novel has a lot of holes, and Klinger really skewers them, which makes it hard for me to give such a page turner. The end is the worst. How did Van Helsing just garlic the entrances to the castle in one sentence when some of the entrances when Dracula could get to them only by crawling barefoot down the side of the wall (an image that was frequently on the cover or frontispiece of early editions)? Why can Jonathan Harker pick up and throw box that it's hard for ma...more

Well, I am officially a DRACULA expert so if you have questions please ask. ;)

Let me start by saying I did something dreadful...I watched the movie before reading the book! Yes, I rarely ever do this and this last experience reminded me why I should not.

I watched Coppola's version of DRACULA and it was extremely confusing. One really needed to have read the book to understand it. It was choppy and many elements (blue fire, etc.) were not explained in the film. Needless to say, I read the...more
I’ve had it sitting on my shelf for years, but somehow never cracked into Leslie S. Klinger’s New Annotated Dracula until recently. Perhaps my reluctance was due to the introduction, in which Neil Gaiman said how happy he was to find someone else who agreed with him that Quincey Morris was Dracula’s stooge (!) Or perhaps knowing that the annotations would add up to a story where Dracula survived made me too sad. But a week in the woods of Southern California was apparently just what I needed to...more
This is not a book for everyone. Hell, turns out it's not even a book for ME.

But if the measure of an annotated edition is how ridiculously in-depth it dissects the source material, then this should actually earn TEN stars out of five.

Having just finished Dracula, I thought I'd like to pick up the Annotated Edition and read through that. Especially with tales that have proven so influential and have directed so much of what's come after, reading about the inner workings and background minutiae c...more
Jenny J
One of my greatest literary disappointments this year -- surprisingly slow-moving, with cardboard characters (dear Lucy couldn't expire soon enough for my taste and Van Helsing's "dialect" drove me batty) and *endless* travelogue. Even the homoerotic subtext couldn't save it. The only character I liked was Renfield -- and he ate bugs. **sigh**

This is, of course, no fault of the annotations. The notes (which were legion) were fascinating, revealing underlying meanings that someone unversed in Vic...more
We have a couple things going on here: first, we have Bram Stoker's Dracula, the vampire tale to kick all other vampire tale's pointy teeth. Second, we have Leslie S. Klinger's amazing annotations of the text which add a wonderful depth to the narrative. Third, we have Neil Gaiman, a man I would leave my husband for, introducing the text. Finally, we have Appendices which have my geek heart pounding.

I can not tell you how much I enjoyed reading this. The story of Dracula itself is entertaining,...more
Wonderful Novel, of course. It is a fun read, and one of the two best Horror Novels Written (Peter Straub's Ghost Story is the other)

To say the Annotations are in depth is an understatement. Some reviewers here say they are excessive. I can see their point. My advise for reading this editon? Read the Novel. If you find an indicator that a footnote is coming, read it if you think the passage you read needs explanation. You have my permission to skip some of these if you wish. Some of them merely...more
Nov 14, 2013 Ellen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ellen by: Michelle Andronikou
When I read Dracula as a teenager, I adored it. I have been telling students every since that it is the scariest book I have ever read! When my Novels student read it at my suggestion, I decided I had better re-read it to be able to discuss it with him. The novel itself was a disappointment on re-reading. But the annotations and additional materials in this edition were informative and highly entertaining. The inconsistencies, mistakes, bad character development and heavy-handed writing were exp...more
Kenn Prebilic
I think it might have just been better to read an unannotated version.

About the Novel: I think I'd give the novel itself a weak four stars. I was a little disappointed in the writing because it was disjointed and required lots of interpretation. There were a few moving passages in it, but most of the horror of the story is not in the words but in the subtext. I cannot argue that it isn't a classic and an influence book, but I was expecting something more visual and scary.

As for the annotation: b...more
Exhaustive annotations, nice appendices covering some more recent vampire fiction and films, chockfull of illustrations (although the few color ones are not as well reproduced). This book is a fun and informative read, although I found the supposition that "Dracula" is true to be somewhat annoying after a while.
I'm giving this three stars because I don't really know how to rate it--how many stars do you give for "childhood trauma?" Basically we had this book at my house when I was a kid, and it was big and fat and had all sorts of creepy pictures in it. I used to look at it ALL DAY LONG and then at night have terrible terrible nightmares. Like waking-up-screaming nightmares. Then the next day I would go back and read it again. This went on for maybe a few months until my parents found out what was happ...more
Turns out there is a reason this book is so popular- it's an amazing read and this new annotated version adds even more depth to the text. But first a word of warning…the annotated text gets overwhelming very quickly so I would recommend reading the text separately and using this new version for the essays and footnotes for the parts you like best. The book itself really surprised me with its details of a dark and confusing world the characters are thrown in to and at times I was completely capt...more
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He was born Abraham Stoker in 1847 at 15 Marino Crescent – then as now called "The Crescent" – in Fairview, a coastal suburb of Dublin, Ireland. His parents were Abraham Stoker and the feminist Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornely. Stoker was the third of seven children. Abraham and Charlotte were members of the Clontarf Church of Ireland parish and attended the parish church (St. John the Baptist lo...more
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