Sunday, March 15, 2009

Bram Stoker

What, then, is the source of Dracula’s power? A simple device, used in many notable works of art: the deployment of great and volatile forces within a very tight structure.

The narrative method of Dracula is to assemble a collage of purportedly authentic documents, most of them in the first person. Many of the materials are identified as excerpts from the diaries of the main characters. In addition, there are letters to and from these people—but also from lawyers, carting companies, and Hungarian nuns—plus telegrams, “newspaper” clippings, and a ship’s log. --Joan Acocella, In the Blood: Why do vampires still thrill? The New Yorker, March 16, 2009 (via Arts & Letters Daily)

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by Bram Stoker at Reading Rat


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