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Is Bram Stoker's Dracula considered a literary classic?

I enjoy reading so-called "classics" that are generally revered by the literary community. Is the original Dracula a classic piece of literature?

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And is it a "high school" book, or one that can and should be enjoyed by adults too?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Well I personally haven't read it and probably won't due in part to content, but yes it is often considered a literary classic, and considering it has spawned so many many other series and mythos if you want to see a rosetta stone book on Vampyr stories then it would probably be a good place to start.

    As for age range, honestly I would think it is probably better suited for adults in general.

  • 4 years ago

    Dracula Classic Book

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, it is a classic. No, it is not just a "high school" book. It is amazing, I really love it. I recently reread it and enjoyed it even more than I have in the past. After I had finished reading it I would find myself thinking "I feel like reading Dracula now. Oh no, I already finished it!" I highly recommend it.

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    5 years ago

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    Is it?! Dracula, controversial?! I've never heard about that one, and I studied the thing this year! And as far as I'm aware, it's never been banned at all - it's certainly remained in print since it's original publication. It hardly even recieved any bad reviews at its release, and that was Victorian Britain! Here's wikipedia's summary of it's reception, which is pretty accurate as far as I'm aware: Reaction When it was first published, in 1897, Dracula was not an immediate bestseller, although reviewers were unstinting in their praise. The contemporary Daily Mail ranked Stoker's powers above those of Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe as well as Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. According to literary historians Nina Auerbach and David Skal in the Norton Critical Edition, the novel has become more significant for modern readers than it was for contemporary Victorian readers, most of whom enjoyed it just as a good adventure story; it only reached its broad iconic legendary classic status later in the 20th century when the movie versions appeared. However, some Victorian fans were ahead of the time, describing it as "the sensation of the season" and "the most blood-curdling novel of the paralysed century". The Daily Mail review of June 1, 1897 proclaimed it a classic of Gothic horror: "In seeking a parallel to this weird, powerful, and horrorful story our mind reverts to such tales as The Mysteries of Udolpho, Frankenstein, The Fall of the House of Usher ... but Dracula is even more appalling in its gloomy fascination than any one of these." Similarly good reviews appeared when the book was published in the USA in 1899. So yeah, nothing particularly controversial. If there's anything controversial about it, it would have to be the infamous scene when the little adventure-club of scientists break into the room to find Jonathan Harker semi-conscious on the floor, Dracula standing by the bed, and Harker's wife kneeling on the bed's edge, her face pressed against a cut in Dracula's side and his blood trickling into her mouth. A pretty sexualised scene! But that hardly calls for a ban, it's just a bit of sensationalism. In fact, some critics think that Stoker was entirely oblivious to the strong sexual element he was writing into his book - for shortly after its publication he wrote a paper condeming books that were sexually suggestive! If these critics are right, then it's not a great leap to suppose that Victorian readers themselves were unaware of the sexual elements of the book. Perhaps it is only today's more sexually-aware readers who so easily uncover Dracula's sexual side ;)

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  • 1 decade ago

    Bram Stoker's Dracula is definitely a classic to be enjoyed by everyone. (I've read it - couldn't put it down)

  • 1 decade ago

    Dracula is definitely a classic and one heck of a scary read.

  • Pip
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    1 decade ago

    Yes, but for God's sake don't read that piece of drivel! I was forced to read it in freshman English last year, and it was a moralizing, poorly written, self-contradicting work. 500 pages of staggering boredom. I can forgive Stoker's unconvincing passages from the women's POV, since he was a man, but I can not forgive his dreadful fictional newspaper articles, in which a supposed journalistic writing, a piece of news, begins with a phrase like, "The sky was an azure blue and the clouds were sailing lazily and puffily like warts on the face of God the day I went to interview the captain." Then it proceeds to use dialect for the Captain's side of the interview, as in, "Bless me britches, young feller, if'n 'tisn't the orneriest waters I ever did sail" when any real newspaper would use proper spelling even if they did use the original phrasing.

    Rant over. DON'T READ IT!!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I studied it in a graduate-level college lit class as well as a couple of undergrad lit classes. I'd say a strong yeah! Frankenstein too, I've read too much Frankenstein.

    Here's the one I was baffled by: King's The Shining - same grad class. " Horror classics". go figure. Good read, though.

  • 1 decade ago

    It is considered a classic. I don't think it is a "high school read" some people might have had to. But at my HS it wasn't. What does it matter if it is.

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