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- Full Title: Dracula
- When Written: 1896-97
- Where Written: London, England
- When Published: May 1897
- Literary Period: late-Victorian, but drawing on the Gothic and melodramatic traditions in the English novel
- Genre: horror; horror-romance; Gothic novel; novel-in-letters
- Setting: Transylvania and in and around London, England; the very end of the 1800s
- Climax: The group locates Dracula in Transylvania, and stabs him in the heart and beheads him, thus freeing his soul to heaven and freeing Mina from his spiritual grasp
- Antagonist: Count Dracula
- Point of View: first-person (as relayed through letters and journal entries by various characters)
Other representations, over time. The character "Dracula" has achieved nearly universal recognition since the publication of Bram Stoker's novel, although many people who know of Dracula have not read the book. But Dracula's fear of mirrors, his aversion to garlic and crucifixes, his sleeping at night, and, of course, his desire to suck the blood of women, children, and the weak have become touchstones of Western society and culture. Notable versions of the Dracula-legend in the West include: Dracula, a film with Bela Lugosi (1931); Dracula, a film with Christopher Lee (1958); Dracula, a film with Frank Langella (1979); Bram Stoker's Dracula, a film directed by Francis Ford Coppola (1992); Dracula, a play on Broadway (1924); and various video games, graphic novels, and versions in other media.