Something in the Blood

The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula
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Audio (17 discs)
Product Number: DD25902
Released: Oct 04, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781681682525
Narrator/s: James Patrick Cronin
Publisher: HighBridge Company
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Bram Stoker, despite having a name nearly as famous as his legendary undead Count, has remained a puzzling enigma. Now, in this psychological and cultural portrait, David J. Skal exhumes the inner world and strange genius of the writer who conjured an undying cultural icon. Stoker was inexplicably paralyzed as a boy, and his story unfolds against a backdrop 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 informs every page of Dracula. Stoker's ambiguous sexuality is explored through his lifelong acquaintance and romantic rival, Oscar Wilde, who emerges as Stoker's repressed shadow side?a doppelganger worthy of a Gothic novel. The psychosexual dimensions of Stoker's passionate youthful correspondence with Walt Whitman, his punishing work ethic, and his slavish adoration of the actor Sir Henry Irving are examined in splendidly gothic detail.

Author(s): David J. Skal
Awards:2017-Best Critical Biographical-Nominee-The Edgar Award

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Author(s): David J. Skal
Narrator(s): James Patrick Cronin
Product Number Z100104182
Released: Oct 04, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Highbridge Company
ISBN: #9781681682532

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