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Happy birthday, Dracula

The novel, that is.

Dracula was published in London on this date (May 26) in 1897. Here is the cover of the first edition.



Contrary to popular belief, the novel was not an instant success. While it did have moderate sales and was widely reviewed, the book did not become well known until thirty-plus years later, after its adaptation first as a Broadway play and then (in 1931) as a movie. Unfortunately, author Bram Stoker did not live to see this success, having died in 1912.




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runeseer From: runeseer Date: May 26th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, most pieces of Literature that we consider classics, or staples, weren't instant successes.
Most authors had regular jobs and just kept writing because they loved it.

We put too much stress on Instant Success today.
History should prove that the best and most enduring pieces of entertainment (be they books, TV shows, Music, or Movies) take time to fully appreciate.
They have to settle into their audience and make them grow.
At least we can still find the opportunity for such growth in literature, to a degree.
From: matgeuse Date: June 2nd, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Arguably one of the greatest works of literature. Shame Bram Stoker never new of its success.
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