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Dracula

was Bram Stoker's fifth and by far his most famous novel. It was first published in the UK in May 1897 by Archibald Constable and Company, Westminster. The book itself is a 390 page hardcover with a yellow cloth cover stamped on the spine and front panel in red. About two months later Dracula was published by Hutchinson & Co., London, as a part of their Hutchinson's Colonial Library series for circulation in India and the British Colonies. This edition is a 390 page hardcover with a red cloth cover stamped on the spine and front panel in gold. Dracula was first published in the US in 1899 by Doubleday & McClure Co., New York. This edition is a 378 page hardcover with a beige cloth cover stamped on the spine and front panel in black, tan and gold.

First edition book cover


Dracula UK Book Cover

Archibald Constable and Company, Westminster, 1897

Other first edition covers

Abridged edition


Dracula was republished in an abridged version in the UK in 1901 by Archibald Constable and Company, Westminster. The publishers wanted to release a cheaper, easier to read version that would appeal to a wider range of people. As a result, the text was revised and reduced by approximately fifteen percent by Stoker himself. The book itself is a 144 page paperback with a white cover stamped on the spine, front panel and rear panel in blue.

Serial publication - newspaper


This novel was published as a serial in at least two US newspapers. It appeared as a weekly serial in the Charlotte Daily Observer, Charlotte, North Carolina, with the first installment appearing on July 16, 1899 and the last on December 10, 1899. It also appeared as a daily serial in The Washington Times, Washington D.C., with the first installment appearing on September 13, 1917 and the last on January 21, 1918.

Serial publication - magazine


This novel was published as a serial in one UK magazine. It appeared as a monthly serial in nine issues of The Argosy: The World's Best Stories, Cassell & Co, London, with the first installment appearing in June 1926 and the last in February 1927.

"Jonathan Harker's Journal"


An excerpt from of Dracula was published in the UK under the name "Jonathan Harker's Journal." In 1903 the second half of "Chapter I - Jonathan Harker's Journal" appeared under that title in the "New Edition" of the book The Cabinet of Irish Literature Vol. IV, Gresham Publishing Company, London. The first edition of this series of books was published in 1884 by Blackie and Son, London. "Jonathan Harker's Journal" is not present in this earlier edition since Dracula was not published until 1897.

Short story publication


Over the years various excerpts from Dracula have been published as short stories. These include: "Three Young Ladies", "The Destruction of Castle Dracula!", "Jonathan Harker's Journal" and "The Way of the Vampire by Professor Abraham Van Helsing".

Availability


This novel is available as a:
  • Free text download
  • Free PDF download
  • Free PDF download (US hardcover edition)
  • Free PDF download (Charlotte Daily Observer)
  • Free audio download from Project Gutenberg
  • "Jonathan Harker's Journal" is available as a:
  • Free PDF download (The Cabinet of Irish Literature)
  • It can also be purchased online as a:
  • Hardcover The Collected Fiction of Bram Stoker: 1
  • Hardcover Dracula (Barnes & Noble Classics)
  • Paperback Dracula (Enriched Classics Series)
  • Kindle Edition Bram Stoker's Dracula (Kindle)
  • Early publication notice

    Dracula Publication Notice

    Pall Mall Gazette, London, June 10, 1897
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