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In Search of Dracula

Author : Raymond T. McNally
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Traces the history and folklore of vampires

In Search of Dracula

Author : Raymond T. McNally
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A true history of Dracula and vampire legends.

In Search of Dracula

Author : Raymond T. McNally
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In search of Dracula

Author : Raymond T. McNally
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In Search of Dracula

Author : Raymond T. McNally
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In Search of Dracula

Author : Raymond T. McNally
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In Search of Dracula

Author : McQuillen Martensen McNally
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In Search of Dracula

Author : Wystan Hugh Auden
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In Search of the Pied Piper

Author : Radu Florescu
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Known principally for his bestselling In Search of Dracula, Frankenstein, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Radu Florescu now takes us on a magical tour of the origins of the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, exploring both the myth and the history that has captivated so many since the Middle Ages, and has been immortalized in Browning's famous poem. There are intriguing insights and speculations on the genuine history on which the poet relied and an explanation for his choice of Transylvania as the end of the child exodus from Hamelin town. Most plausible is the author's adoption of the history of a German military leader, leading the youths on a colonizing expedition to the Baltic lands where they all perished in a shipwreck. The author also links the story of a genuine rat infestation in Hamelin with the child exodus - a good opportunity to examine that pest's nuisance value from the time of the great plague to the German siege of Stalingrad in World War II. All in all a thoroughly intriguing and well-written book. Dr. Florescu, Professor of History emeritus at Boston College, Consul emeritus of Romania for New England. He received his BA, MA and B.Lit. degrees from Oxford University (Christ Church College) and his Ph.D. in History from Indiana University. He is currently Director of the East European Research Center at Boston College and the author of numerous works on East European and Romanian history.

Vlad the Impaler

Author : M. J. Trow
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In this new book, by acclaimed true crime historian Mei Trow, the author peels back the layers of myth and history to unraved and reveal the 15th century figure who was the real Valad the Impaler.

Dracula was a Woman

Author : Raymond T. McNally
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An unusual investigation into the bizarre life of Elizabeth Bathory, a wealthy and influential seventeenth-century countess in Eastern Europe who was accused of witchcraft, murder, and brutality

A Dream of Dracula in Search of the Living Dead

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Searching for Dracula in Romania

Author : Catalin Gruia
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Vlad and the Vampire : The Double Life of DraculaRomania is best known to the world as Dracula's country. But go there and ask about Dracula and you'll be puzzled. The Count remained until very recently unknown in his own homeland. Romanian communists banned all vampire fiction until 1990. Even nowadays Romanians have a schizophrenic attitude towards Dracula. They are tempted to transform Dracula into a tourism agent to cash in Western money, but at the same time they're afraid they may be bartering away their history. Romania's problem is that Dracula lived for real. He was neither a vampire, nor a count and never reigned in Transylvania. The stories about Vlad III Dracula, a 15th century warlord prince of Wallachia, a small Romanian principality, were horror best sellers long before Bram Stoker's famous novel. According to a 1499 pamphlet published by Ambrosius Hubler at Nuremberg, “Dracula the voivode was a bloodthirsty man who impaled people and roasted them... and chopped them like cabbages.” To Romanians he is still a national hero. The Romanian national poet Mihai Eminescu called upon Vlad to bring down his wrath upon the guilty. Romania's schizophrenic dilemmaThe fact that Bram Stoker chose Transylvania as place of origin for his vampire frustrates many Romanian nationalists, some of whom even bet on Vasile Barsan's historical theory about a conspiracy against Vlad Tepes – led by king Matthias Corvinus in the 15th century, refined with a vampirical touch in the 19th century by Arminius Vambery, a Hungarian scholar and spy, allegedly Stoker's informant, and immortalized on the silver screen in the 20 century by Hungarian-born actor Bela Lugosi. “The complete fusion between the fictional Count and the historic figure of the Prince began in 1972, with the publishing of In Search of Dracula by Radu Florescu and Raymond McNally, two historians who argued that Bram Stoker based his vampire on Vlad”, says writer Elisabeth Miller. Bram Stoker's Dracula directed by Francis Ford Coppola is the most famous Dracula film in history. About the time Coppola's movie appeared in 1992, Romanians were discovering they could market the fictional Dracula. The government planned to build a Dracula Park hoping to attract a million visitors per year. The project met a huge opposition and its supporters were forced to step back. Dracula Park: the essence of Romanian's mixed feelings (opportunism and resentment) towards Dracula This book also explores other interesting issues for any Dracula fan:• Where is Transylvania and how did it become the land of vampires? • Why Romanian communists banned Dracula as representative of the “decadent” West? • How was Vlad Tepes myth built after 19th century • Behind the scenes of the Dracula Park odyssey • Dracula's three castles in Romania • What are the links between Stoker's Dracula and the Eastern European roots of the vampire myths? • What are the must-see places if you visit Romania in search of Dracula? Searching for Dracula in RomaniaThis travelogue is a very informative, brilliantly written work which will definitely be liked by those who're interested in vampires, Dracula in particular and Romania. Everything's described exactly, very knowledgeably and thoroughly – says Ekaterina Buley, President of the Russian Chapter of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula.For behind the scenes information about Gruia's books:-->http://www.catalingruia.com/ -->https://www.facebook.com/ByCatalinGruia

In Search of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Author : Raymond McNally
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Journeying behind Robert Louis Stevenson's terrifying tale of horror, THe Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the authors of In Search of Dracula explore the life and times of William Deacon Brodie, the real-life murderer who inspired the story, and Stevenson's fascination with Brodie's double life and the eighteenth-century Edinburgh that spawned him. 20,000 first printing.

The Rerun of Dracula

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“The author’s life plus 70 years, my ass!” –Vlad Tepes The hook is simple: everyone knows that the character of Dracula was based on Vlad “the Impaler” Tepes. The trouble is, he never died. Hollywood, Random House, the Lugosi estate, Francis Ford Coppola, everyone owes him big time for cashing in on his likeness. Tallahassee, Florida might seem like the dumbest place to start a major lawsuit against pretty much the known world, but Vlad, an actual vampire, is more concerned with shaking things up than staying predictable. He has definite goals in mind. The Rerun of Dracula, written with the complete support of the Tepes estate, is the first true chronicle of a dynamic individual with a great mustache and a legitimate reason to sue.

Our Vampires Ourselves

Author : Nina Auerbach
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Working with a wide range of texts, as well as movies and television, Nina Auerbach locates vampires at the heart of national experience and uses them as a lens for viewing the last 200 hundred years of Anglo-American cultural history.

The Dracula Dilemma

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For many in the West, Romania is synonymous with Count Dracula. Since the publication of Bram Stoker's famous novel in 1897 Transylvania (and by extension, Romania) has become inseparable in the Western imagination with Dracula, vampires and the supernatural. Moreover, since the late 1960s Western tourists have travelled to Transylvania on their own searches for the literary and supernatural roots of the Dracula myth. Such 'Dracula tourism' presents Romania with a dilemma. On one hand, Dracula is Romania's unique selling point and has considerable potential to be exploited for economic gain. On the other hand, the whole notion of vampires and the supernatural is starkly at odds with Romania's self-image as a modern, developed, European state. This book examines the way that Romania has negotiated Dracula tourism over the past four decades. During the communist period (up to 1989) the Romanian state did almost nothing to encourage such tourism but reluctantly tolerated it. However, some discrete local initiatives were developed to cater for Dracula enthusiasts that operated at the margins of legality in a communist state. In the post-communist period (after 1989) any attempt to censor Dracula has disappeared and the private sector in Romania has been swift to exploit the commercial possibilities of the Count. However, the Romanian state remains ambivalent about Dracula and continues to be reluctant to encourage or promote Dracula tourism. As such Romania's dilemma with Dracula remains unresolved.

Essays on Romanian History

Author : Radu R. Florescu
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This volume brings together a lifetime of studies on Romanian history and culture by one of the leading American scholars on the history of Romania, Radu R. Florescu. While each chapter is a separate study, in their totality, they form a vision of Romanian history, dealing with issues from ancient times to the present day. Among the studies included in this volume: The Formation of a Nation from the Earliest Times to Burebista; The Struggle between Decebal and Trajan; Prince Negru -- Founder of the First Romanian Principality; The Search for Dracula; Vlad Dracul II (1436-1442, 1443-1447); Vlad III The Impaler (or Dracula) (1448, 1456-1462, 1476) -- Tactician of Terror or National Hero; The Origins of the Dragon Symbol; Dracula in the Romanian Literature; The Dracula Image in Folklore; Captain John Smith and Romania (1580-1631); Michael the Brave (1593-1601); Dimitrie Cantemir and the Battle of Stănilești (1710-1711); The Uniate Church; The Phanariot Regime; Horea, Cloșca, and Crișan: Peasants in Arms: 1784-1785; General Ion Emanoil Florescu: Father of the Romanian Army 1817-1893; Elena Cuza: Neglected Woman and Wife (1825-1909); Dumitru Florescu: A Forgotten Pioneer in the History of Romanian Music (1827-1875); Diplomatic and Military Preparation for the War of 1877-1878; An Intimate View; King Carol and Lupescu; and Mircea Eliade's Contribution to History. The author, Radu R. Florescu, was a professor of history at Boston College. He is the author of The Struggle against Russia in the Romanian Principalities, Dracula: Prince of Many Faces, and In Search of Dracula.

The Vampire in Folklore History Literature Film and Television

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This comprehensive bibliography covers writings about vampires and related creatures from the 19th century to the present. More than 6,000 entries document the vampire’s penetration of Western culture, from scholarly discourse, to popular culture, politics and cook books. Sections by topic list works covering various aspects, including general sources, folklore and history, vampires in literature, music and art, metaphorical vampires and the contemporary vampire community. Vampires from film and television—from Bela Lugosi’s Dracula to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood and the Twilight Saga—are well represented.

What about Dracula Romania s Schizophrenic Dilemma

Author : Catalin Gruia
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Vlad and the Vampire : The Double Life of DraculaRomania is best known to the world as Dracula's country. But go there and ask about Dracula and you'll be puzzled. The Count remained until very recently unknown in his own homeland. Romanian communists banned all vampire fiction until 1990. Even nowadays Romanians have a schizophrenic attitude towards Dracula. They are tempted to transform Dracula into a tourism agent to cash in Western money, but at the same time they're afraid they may be bartering away their history. Romania's problem is that Dracula lived for real. He was neither a vampire, nor a count and never reigned in Transylvania. The stories about Vlad III Dracula, a 15th century warlord prince of Wallachia, a small Romanian principality, were horror best sellers long before Bram Stoker's famous novel. According to a 1499 pamphlet published by Ambrosius Hubler at Nuremberg, "Dracula the voivode was a bloodthirsty man who impaled people and roasted them... and chopped them like cabbages." To Romanians he is still a national hero. The Romanian national poet Mihai Eminescu called upon Vlad to bring down his wrath upon the guilty. Romania's schizophrenic dilemma The fact that Bram Stoker chose Transylvania as place of origin for his vampire frustrates many Romanian nationalists, some of whom even bet on Vasile Barsan's historical theory about a conspiracy against Vlad Tepes - led by king Matthias Corvinus in the 15th century, refined with a vampirical touch in the 19th century by Arminius Vambery, a Hungarian scholar and spy, allegedly Stoker's informant, and immortalized on the silver screen in the 20 century by Hungarian-born actor Bela Lugosi. "The complete fusion between the fictional Count and the historic figure of the Prince began in 1972, with the publishing of In Search of Dracula by Radu Florescu and Raymond McNally, two historians who argued that Bram Stoker based his vampire on Vlad", says writer Elisabeth Miller. Bram Stoker's Dracula directed by Francis Ford Coppola is the most famous Dracula film in history. About the time Coppola's movie appeared in 1992, Romanians were discovering they could market the fictional Dracula. The government planned to build a Dracula Park hoping to attract a million visitors per year. The project met a huge opposition and its supporters were forced to step back. Dracula Park: the essence of Romanian's mixed feelings (opportunism and resentment) towards Dracula This book also explores other interesting issues for any Dracula fan:* Where is Transylvania and how did it become the land of vampires? * Why Romanian communists banned Dracula as representative of the "decadent" West? * How was Vlad Tepes myth built after 19th century * Behind the scenes of the Dracula Park odyssey * Dracula's three castles in Romania * What are the links between Stoker's Dracula and the Eastern European roots of the vampire myths? * What are the must-see places if you visit Romania in search of Dracula? Searching for Dracula in RomaniaThis travelogue is a very informative, brilliantly written work which will definitely be liked by those who're interested in vampires, Dracula in particular and Romania. Everything's described exactly, very knowledgeably and thoroughly - says Ekaterina Buley, President of the Russian Chapter of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula. For behind the scenes information about Gruia's books:-->http://www.catalingruia.com/ -->https://www.facebook.com/ByCatalinGruia