Dracula (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))
Tales of vampires have long haunted folklore and literature, but none has had the same impact as Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'. Since the book's publication in the late 19th century, the blood-sucking Count has been seized on as the ultimate vampire, encountered by children of all ages in innumerable books, films, and television shows.
Library Binding, 96 pages
Published May 24th 2005 by Random House Books for Young Readers
(first published April 12th 1982)
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I remember a girl on the bus in middle school reading this book. Apparently that's when you should, because as an adult I just can't take Dracula seriously. Pace Joan Acocella (writing in The New Yorker), this is ridiculous. It analyzes itself. . . Van Helsing is so clearly Stoker's Mary Sue. . . and there's all that goo about the blood of four strong men mixing in Lucy--which Dracula of course slurps right up--and later they'll have to impale him. . . trace the relations! I mean, it's silly.
I was born in Davenport, Iowa, and grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York. I read straight through my childhood, with breaks for food, sleep, and the bathroom. I went to college in Bennington, Vermont, moved to New York City, and took a job in publishing so I could get paid for reading. I read so much bad fiction that I needed a break, so I moved to London, and from there I traveled to Morocco, Iran,...moreMore about Stephanie Spinner...