To Kill a Mockingbird Turns 50; Dracula Turns 113

You probably know that To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee turned 50 this year.  Did you also know that Dracula turned 113? 

Written by Irish author Bram Stoker, Dracula was first published in hardcover in 1897 by Archibald Constable and Co.  It was not an immediate bestseller even though reviewers gave it high praise.  Now it is a classic.

Most of us know the basic Dracula story from all the vampire literature and movie adaptations it spawned, but how many have read the original book?  I didn’t read it until last year and am glad I finally did.  I loved it!  

Even though we have a couple of copies of Dracula in the library as well as a downloadable eAudiobook, I chose to read it in daily installments delivered to my email account via  If you haven’t tried DailyLit, check it out!  I also read The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes that way.    

If you are into all things vampire, the BSC Library has related titles such as The Annotated Dracula, Dracula: the Vampire Play, Dracula’s Brood, In Search of Dracula, The Man Who Wrote Dracula, Nosferatu (VHS format), the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, and more.  Check them out!

Finally, Bram Stoker’s grandson is following in his grandfather’s footsteps.  Dacre Stoker wrote Dracula: the Undead as a sequel to the classic tale.  It got great reviews and we have it at the BSC Library (PS 3619 .T645 D73 2009).   I haven’t read it yet, but it’s on my list!

— Marlene Anderson, Director of Library Services 


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