October 30, 2008
Beware of The New Annotated Dracula! After his New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Leslie Klinger returns with a daring conceit: the Dracula tale is based on historical fact. Klinger?s research took him to the Rosenbach Library in Philadelphia, where Stoker?s notes are housed, and to Seattle to spend two days with the guarded manuscript (Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen is the owner). He points out errors and inconsistencies in the narrative that reveal the truth: that Stoker covered up the real story of the Harkers? travels and the real location of Castle Dracula and invented Dracula?s supposed death.
Be prepared on the eve of Halloween to travel through two hundred years of popular culture and myth as well as the graveyards and the wilds of Transylvania as Klinger, the superb literary detective, investigates the multifarious subtexts of the original narrative?from the masochistic to the necrophilic. Die-hard Dracula fans will not be disappointed by the vampire-prince. The actress Zoe Caldwell will do a reading.
About Leslie Klinger
Leslie Klinger is considered to be one of the world?s foremost authorities on twin icons of the Victorian era, Sherlock Holmes and Dracula. He is the editor of the three-volume collection of the short stories and novels, The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical Work and nominated for every other major award in the mystery genre. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
About Zoe Caldwell
Zoe Caldwell has performed in major theaters around the world, working with many of the greatest actors, writers and directors of the 20th Century, including Charles Laughton, Albert Finney, Edith Evans, Paul Robeson and Laurence Olivier. She has won four Tony Awads for Slapstick Tragedy, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Medea and Master Class. She is author of I Will Be Cleopatra, a memoir.