Something in the Blood
- The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula
- Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
- Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 10-04-16
- Language: English
- Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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Stoker was inexplicably paralyzed as a boy, and his story unfolds against a backdrop of Victorian medical mysteries and horrors: cholera and famine fever, childhood opium abuse, frantic bloodletting, mesmeric quack cures, and the gnawing obsession with "bad blood" that informs every page of Dracula. Stoker's ambiguous sexuality is explored through his lifelong acquaintance and romantic rival, Oscar Wilde, who emerges as Stoker's repressed shadow side - a doppelganger worthy of a Gothic novel.
The psychosexual dimensions of Stoker's passionate youthful correspondence with Walt Whitman, his punishing work ethic, and his slavish adoration of the actor Sir Henry Irving are examined in splendidly Gothic detail.
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By Neil Sarver on 10-31-16
Fascinating portrait of author and his world
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What a fascinating book this is, packed with details I'd not previously read, not to mention the way it pulls together a number of strings, such as the complicated relationship between Stoker and Oscar Wilde into a vivid portrait, as well as a series of, to date, unanswerable questions.
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