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"Personal Impressions of America"

was was a speech by Bram Stoker. The speech gives Stoker's impressions of America after returning from a tour there with Henry Irving and his theater company in 1884 and 1885. It was first presented at 5:00 pm on December 28, 1885 at the London Institution, Finsbury Circus, London. According to a short review in the January 8, 1886 issue of The Anglo-American Times, this speech lasted for about one hour.


The following day, a summary of Stoker's speech was published under the title "Mr. Bram Stoker's Impressions of America" in the December 29, 1885 issue of The Daily News, London. It ran about one and a third column and covered most of the speech in a condensed form.

A Glimpse of America

A few months later, this speech was published as Stoker's third book of nonfiction. It was first published under the full title A Glimpse of America: A Lecture given at the London Institution by Sampson Low, Marston and Company, London. The book itself is a 48 page paperback with a brown cover printed on the front panel in black. According to the March 15, 1886 issue of The Publishers Circular: and General Record of British and Foreign Literature, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, London, it was published sometime between March 1, 1886 and March 15, 1886. It was reprinted June 2002 in A Glimpse of America: and other Lectures, Interviews and Essays a 170 page paperback by Desert Island Books, Essex.

Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington (publisher)


A summary of the speech is available as a:
  • Free PDF download (The Daily News)
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    Iron, London, December 25, 1885
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    Personal Impressions of America Publication Date

    Personal Impressions of America Publication Date

    The Publishers Circular, London, March 15, 1886


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