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Leslie S. Klinger

Note how far away the description of Dracula is from the popular image. Here he is described as having massive eyebrows, teeth that protrude over his lips, hair growing on his palms, and rank breath (of course--he's dead!). No Bela Lugosi here. The first departure from the book was not the 1931 film, however--it was the 1924 stage play which cast an equally attractive actor, Raymond Huntley, in the role, dressed as a "lounge lizard" and intent as much on seducing the women as sucking their blood.

Michael Gordon

Don't forget the tuxedo and cape. I read that the high-collared cloak was introduced as a stage trick so that Dracula could disappear behind it, leaving the cape behind.

The omission of the de-aging aspect of the plot surprises me most in adaptations. It's such a shame.

Elizabeth Miller

Much of Stoker's description of the Count (massive eyebrows meeting over nose, protruding canine teeth, broad hands, hairy palms) was borrowed from Sabine Baring-Gould's The Book of Were-Wolves (1865). B-G is best known as the author of that well known hymn, "Onward, Christian Soldiers."


And Sabine Baring-Gould's son, William, published the first Annotated Sherlock Holmes (NY: Clarkson N. Potter, 1967), a project that would not be attempted again until Les' (above) New Annotated Sherlock Holmes (Norton).

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