An Early Review of DRACULA
Thanks to THE DRACULA CHRONICLE on Facebook for this gem. It’s a report from the BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE dated January 15, 1900—119 years ago! Stepping back in time, peeps!
“DRACULA by Bram Stoker is the name of a book from the pen of the accomplished manager of the Lyceum Theater, London, and of the dramatic companies headed by Sir Henry Irving and Ellen Terry. The publishers are the Doubleday & McClure Company, New York, and the chaste and attractive work of the printer and binder is a worthy setting of the clear thought, the weird imagination and the reverential spirit of a volume of originality, interest and power. The story has been issued both in Great Britain and America for several weeks, but more than acknowledgement of its appearance has not yet been made in many quarters, for it requires, while it rewards, very careful reading, since its point of view or of treatment is novel, profound and startling.”
Whoever wrote that review for the newspaper got it, for sure. Did he (she?) realize just what a monumental work the novel really was? I don’t know if anyone did at the time, but the references to “clear thought,” “weird imagination”, “reverential spirit”, “originality, interest and power” suggests he might have had an inkling.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.
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