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The Primrose Path

is a ten chapter novella by Bram Stoker. This novella is a moralistic tale about the evils of drinking. It was first published in Ireland in early 1875 as a serial in The Shamrock, Irish National Newspaper and Publishing Co., Dublin, a weekly newspaper that specialized in literature and the arts. It appeared in five consecutive issues with the first installment appearing on Saturday, February 6, 1875 and the last on Saturday, March 6, 1875. The novella was accompanied by five unsigned illustrations depicting scenes from the story.

The Shamrock (periodical)

Newspaper cover

The Shamrock Newspaper Cover

The Shamrock, Dublin, February 6, 1875

Other first edition covers

Book publication:

The Primrose Path was first published in book form in 1999 (along with Stoker's short story "Buried Treasures") by Desert Island Books, Essex. The books itself is a 128 page hardcover with a black cloth cover stamped on the spine in gold. It was released with a blue dust cover that included the front page illustrations from the February 6, 1875 issue of The Shamrock.


The novella is available as a:
  • Free PDF download (The Shamrock)
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