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The Man

was Bram Stoker's ninth novel. The novel is a romance set in England and Scotland. It was first published in the UK in 1905 by William Heinemann, London. The book itself is a 436 page hardcover with a red cloth cover stamped on the spine and front panel in gold. In the same year, this book was also published by Heinemann as a part of their Heinemann's Colonial Library series (No. 319). This edition is a hardcover with a decorated cloth cover [1].

William Heinemann Ltd. (publisher)

First edition book cover


The Man UK Book Cover

William Heinemann, London, 1905

Other first edition covers

Serial publication US


After it was published as a hardcover in the UK, The Man was reprinted as a daily or weekly serial in at least nine newspapers across the US under the title The Gates of Life or Through the Gates of Life. It appeared as follows:
  • The Daily Picayune, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 1 - June 23, 1908
  • The Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Alabama, May 1 - June 30, 1908
  • Poughkeepsie Daily Eagle, Poughkeepsie, New York, May 1 - June 30, 1908
  • The Boston Herald, Boston, Massachusetts, May 3 - July 2, 1908 (illustrated)
  • The Evening Star, Washington D.C., May 3 - July 12, 1908 (weekly)
  • The Illustrated Buffalo Express, Buffalo, New York, May 10 - June 28, 1908 (weekly)
  • The Charleston Evening Post, Charleston, South Carolina, May 15 - June 30, 1908
  • Baltimore American, Baltimore, Maryland, May 27 - July 10, 1908 *
  • Wilkes-Barre News, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, August 3, 1908 - September 24, 1908
  • * Published under the title Through the Gates of Life.

    Serial publication Canada


    The Man was also reprinted as a daily or twice weekly serial in at least three newspapers across Canada under the title The Gates of Life. It appeared as follows:
  • The Morning Leader, Regina, Saskatchewan, May 6 - July 21, 1908
  • The Vancouver World, Vancouver, BC, May 9 - June 27, 1908
  • The World (Semi-Weekly Edition), Vancouver, BC, May 12 - June 30, 1908 *
  • The Evening Journal, Ottawa, Ontario, May 19 - circa July 1908 **
  • * Published on Tuesday and Friday.
    ** The July 1908 issues of this newspaper are missing so the exact date is unknown.

    Abridged edition US


    This book was first published in the US in an abridged version under the title The Gates of Life in November 1908 by Cupples & Leon Company, New York. This edition is a 332 page hardcover with a green cloth cover stamped on the spine and front panel in gold. According to Richard Dalby, who found a copy of The Man that had been edited in Stoker's own hand, this abridgment was done by Stoker himself [2].

    Abridged edition UK


    The Man was republished in the UK in an abridged version under its original title in the early 1920s by Robert Hayes, Ltd., London. This edition is a 253 page hardcover with a red cloth cover stamped on the spine and front panel in black. The book was partly rewritten and condensed sometime after Stoker's death. Unlike the US edition, it is not known who did this abridgment.

    Availability


    The UK edition of this novel is available as a:
  • Free text download (Robert Hayes edition)
  • Free PDF download (Robert Hayes edition)
  • The US edition of this novel is available as a:
  • Free PDF download (US hardcover edition)
  • Free PDF download (The Daily Picayune)
  • It can also be purchased online as a:
  • Paperback The Man
  • Early publication notice

    The Man Publication Notice

    Daily Mail, London, September 8, 1905
    (Click image to enlarge)

    References


    [1],[2] Dalby, Richard and William Hughes. Bram Stoker: A bibliography, Essex: Desert Island Books, 2004, p66, p8.

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