Something in the Blood by David Skal audiobook

Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula

By David Skal
Read by James Patrick Cronin

HighBridge, Highbridge Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665148931

  • ISBN: 9781665148917

  • ISBN: 9781665148924

Runtime: 21.33 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

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 doppelgänger 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.

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Author Bio: David Skal

Author Bio: David Skal

David J. Skal is a leading American cultural historian and critic of horror film and literature. The author of The Monster Show and Hollywood Gothic, he lives in Glendale, California

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 21.33
Audience: Adult
Language: English