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Something in the Blood Free download ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ï ❴Download❵ ➸ Something in the Blood Author David J. Skal – Dcmdirect.co.uk Bram Stoker despite having a name nearly as famous as his legendary Count Dracula has remained a puzzling enigma Now in a psychological and cultural Uaintance with Oscar Wilde who emerges as Stoker’s repressed shadow self a doppelgänger 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 scholarly detail. If you held this book up to a mirror there would be no reflection Little is known about Bram Stoker’s upbringing or his personal life as an adult but this does not stop Author David Skal from holding up a coat hanger or perhaps I should say crucifix and filling out a figure draping clothes and capes over it bringing Stoker’s life to usentirely on speculation Various events are described books Stoker the creator of ‘Dracula’ might have read people who may have influenced Bram’s thoughts the stories are interesting however they all maddeningly conclude with “ of course We’ll never know ” It’s all guesswork For a livelihood Stoker was the business manager of the era’s most famous actor Sir Henry Irving the best friend of the all time English selling author Hall Caine so if he were alive today he would be on every talk show and People magazine cover sharing anecdotes with us He was also friends with many other authors or personalities of the day His wife was Oscar Wilde’s first girlfriend So it’s an interesting contrast his public life can be easily traced what went on behind the scenes baffles biographers The result is ’Something in the Blood’ takes us on a pop culture adventure through Victorian England as Skal has to tell us about something which is the story all around Stoker The tale includes a sort of biography on Henry Irving and especially Oscar Wilde who is a contemporary and most importantly a much interesting character than Stoker as well as who really was Jack the Ripper The Victorian era was known for the close friendships that occurred so close it was customary for the family to destroy all correspondence that might not have reflected well on the family at the time after someone died So another page filler is that every one of these friendships or even acuaintances is closely examined for signs of homosexuality man woman or vampire no one escapes Until the usual conclusion “Well there is no proof or even evidence so we’ll never know” At almost 600 pages which includes plenty of illustration and photos I paused gee are there bios on Hemingway or Dickens this long Skal goes on tell you the fates of ’Dracula’ through the publishing process and the various battles to make it into a movie a play then movies the intersection with Bela Lugosi’s life as well as the many other actors that played Dracula on the stage and on the big screen I’ve read ’Dracula’ a few times over the years and have what I think is a ‘normal’ interest in the subject of Vampires having loved all those monster movies as a kid so I thought this was a good read If you want to take this volume on you also would have to have something in your blood to make it a good read for you

Something in the BloodUaintance with Oscar Wilde who emerges as Stoker’s repressed shadow self a doppelgänger 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 scholarly detail. If you held this book up to a mirror there would be no reflection Little is known about Bram Stoker’s upbringing or his personal life as an adult but this does not stop Author David Skal from holding up a coat hanger or perhaps I should say crucifix and filling out a figure draping clothes and capes over it bringing Stoker’s life to usentirely on speculation Various events are described books Stoker the creator of ‘Dracula’ might have read people who may have influenced Bram’s thoughts the stories are interesting however they all maddeningly conclude with “ of course We’ll never know ” It’s all guesswork For a livelihood Stoker was the business manager of the era’s most famous actor Sir Henry Irving the best friend of the all time English selling author Hall Caine so if he were alive today he would be on every talk show and People magazine cover sharing anecdotes with us He was also friends with many other authors or personalities of the day His wife was Oscar Wilde’s first girlfriend So it’s an interesting contrast his public life can be easily traced what went on behind the scenes baffles biographers The result is ’Something in the Blood’ takes us on a pop culture adventure through Victorian England as Skal has to tell us about something which is the story all around Stoker The tale includes a sort of biography on Henry Irving and especially Oscar Wilde who is a contemporary and most importantly a much interesting character than Stoker as well as who really was Jack the Ripper The Victorian era was known for the close friendships that occurred so close it was customary for the family to destroy all correspondence that might not have reflected well on the family at the time after someone died So another page filler is that every one of these friendships or even acuaintances is closely examined for signs of homosexuality man woman or vampire no one escapes Until the usual conclusion “Well there is no proof or even evidence so we’ll never know” At almost 600 pages which includes plenty of illustration and photos I paused gee are there bios on Hemingway or Dickens this long Skal goes on tell you the fates of ’Dracula’ through the publishing process and the various battles to make it into a movie a play then movies the intersection with Bela Lugosi’s life as well as the many other actors that played Dracula on the stage and on the big screen I’ve read ’Dracula’ a few times over the years and have what I think is a ‘normal’ interest in the subject of Vampires having loved all those monster movies as a kid so I thought this was a good read If you want to take this volume on you also would have to have something in your blood to make it a good read for you

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Something in the Blood ↠ Boy and his story unfolds against a backdrop of Victorian medical mysteries and horrors cholera and famine fever childhood opium abuse frantic bloodletting mesmeric uack cures and the gnawing obsession with “bad blood” that inform every page of Dracula Stoker’s ambiguous sexuality is explored through his lifelong ac. I was glad to receive this audiobook from the publisher on CD because using the CD player in my car makes what is for me a long commute that much easier This book in particular wasn't much of a boon however; I pass on my audiobooks to my boss whose commute is twice mine This one went with the warning that given the sometimes plodding writing and the near monotone of the narrator it might be a driving hazard I don't think the narrator will literally prove to be a soporific – but then again this might be a good thing to pop in the CD player on those nights I suffer from insomnia James Patrick Cronin was not by any means a terrible narrator – but well Oh dear Knowing next to nothing about Bram Stoker apart from his appearance in the too short lived Houdini and Doyle and despite the book description on LibraryThing I was a little surprised by the prevalence of the author's concentration on Stoker's sexuality Gay Straight Bisexual It's a little funny really because the answer to any or all of those uestions could be yes Or no Or maybe Or Depends We don't know Without the man around to uestion we have no way of knowing Of course even if we had the man here we might not get any answers without thumbscrews and constant repetition of the song Easy Street For a big chunk of the early part of the book Skal dwells on how children's gender was blurred for a big chunk of the 19th century and back to the Renaissance how until the age of seven or eight boys and girls both wore skirts and long ringleted hair and whatnot with breeching – putting boys into breeches of course – happening around the same time a child would be moved out of the nursery This obviously had an effect on Bram Stoker's sexuality along with the fact that he was immobilized for several of his earliest years by some mysterious illnessAnd see here's the thing I don't buy his take on all of this Boys wore dresses up to a certain age; that was the way it was For everyone or at least everyone of a certain class and above It would have been impactful to a boy's psyche or whatever if they diverged from the custom wouldn't it From anything I've seen it wasn't so much that boys were looked at as girls when they were small; boys and girls were simply dressed the same And after all no one in the children's spheres would have been looking at them as something unusual because they were small boys wearing dresses since this was the universally accepted custom I think I can safely say that millions of boys who wore dresses when little grew up to be psychologically well adjusted and certain of their sexual preferences This book is every bit as much the story of Oscar Wilde as it is of Bram Stoker I have in the space of listening to it gone from absolutely no association between the two men to hardly being able to think of one without the other And too in its latter half the concentration is almost as much on Henry Irving who was Stoker's employer and object of worship for decades as on Stoker himselfSkal also dwells on some of Stoker's poetry in which viewpoint is ambiguous Is he writing from a woman's POV Is he writing as a gay man Is it significant I grew a little annoyed with this part because – in part – to me it means that the author has never listened to much Irish music I have listened to a lot of Irish music – and I can't count the number of times I've heard male singers performing songs that tell a woman's story in the first person and vice versa It's not uite the same thing as writing something but growing up on if you will androgynous music might well make it something that a young man might try out Also I mean I'm seriously considering writing a book about Benedict Arnold and who knows – I might want to couch it in the first person That doesn't make me a male 18th century Loyalist or even remotely similar to one Or he might have been a deeply closeted gay man writing to a poet who showed every sign of being homosexual There's no way to know I smiled when I heard the following And he could hardly be the only literary man in London taken aback when The Picture of Dorian Gray was hauled into court and used against the author Never before or since has a work of fiction – supernatural or not – been presented as evidence in a nonliterary criminal proceeding There was a ghostly surreality to the notion that imaginary characters having no substance beyond the words and ink with which they were constructed might be called to testify about events in the real world The idea itself was the stuff of a weird tale Because in so many ways this sort of evidence is heavily relied upon throughout this book It also made me think of how Shakespeare's writing is called to testify about who really wrote the plays and poems It's not a court of law or a criminal proceeding but Dracula and all the other brainchildren of both Stoker and Wilde are held up to the light and examined minutely but only with the lens of looking for hints of their authors' sexual orientation Flailing about for a way to put it into words I finally remembered the parable about the blind men and the elephant Skal groping within the pages puts his hand in something wet and sticky and thinks something other than blood aha he says I know what an elephant is now It's not that the subject is the concentrated focus of the book; there is no concentrated focus of the book It's extremely scattershot Ellen Terry and Henry Irving's wife and Oscar Wilde's mother and the entire history of the Lyceum Theatre the transcriptionist for Stoker's work and a good many other people and places and things in Stoker's periphery each get a great deal of attention It seemed like each CD I slid into the player was half Stoker half everything else There is a bit about the origins of Dracula and whether inspiration really was taken from Vlad Tepes or not and so forth Answer unsurprisingly maybe And Spoiler Alert there is no final conclusion reached in the book as to Stoker's orientation as is to be expected given the entire sparsity of evidence However as the narration went on my irritation grew What passes for evidence for Stoker's homosexuality was specious To wit He was dressed as a girl for much of his boyhood and this marked his outlookMy complaint See above He loved Walt Whitman's poetry and wrote the poet a passionate fan letter including some thought provoking phrasingMy complaint When he first read the poetry and wrote to Whitman he was in his early to mid twenties It's not inconceivable that he was experiencing a turbulent period of uestioning who and what attracted him – but to my mind it's also not inconceivable that he was just extremely passionate as people of that age are prone to be Lord knows I wrote some passionate stuff around then And it's possible to love Whitman without being a gay man isn't it I mean I'm pretty fond of Uncle Walt and as Uhura once said sorry – neither After the birth of his son he and his wife seem to have had a sexless marriageMy complaint Well that's really not so unusual for the period Florence Balcombe Stoker was a difficult woman who never uite forgave the universe for letting her marry the mildly famous Stoker instead of the wildly famous albeit all but openly gay Oscar Wilde She was never warm and cuddly at the best of times with anyone and physicality apparently troubled her; the whole business of pregnancy was disgusting to her In a vacuum it's just as plausible that avoidance of further pregnancies was the reason for avoiding sex as anything else; in fact on the whole she's likely the one who nixed sex than Bram In fact how do we even know for certain they didn't have sex all the time It's not like they blogged about it after all; this was a time when private life lived up to the label He apparently died of syphilisMy complaint This is the worst of all First there's no concrete evidence that he had syphilis One of the most common symptoms of syphilis is that syphilis has no common symptoms – it can manifest in all sorts and kinds of ways which is one of the reasons it comes up so often in historical forensic explorations Over a hundred years after his death we have absolutely no way in the world to know for certain without time travel whether he did or did not have it And if I were able to travel in time this uestion would not be high on my list of Things To Find Out And anyway say he did have the disease Apparently a horrifying percentage of the British population had it male and female It was after all a time when the prevailing attitude was that the wife was for running the household and providing an heir Sex was to be found elsewhere And those who weren't wealthy enough or ballsy enough so to speak to keep a mistress went to prostitutes And the very definition of prostitute means someone who has sex with many people Any one of those people might infect a prostitute who would in turn then infect – oh my search history can get colorful remind me to clear my browser history – 30 60% of those she or he had sex with and so on So he could have gotten it from literally anyone who had slept with anyone else male friend; female prostitute; male prostitute; heck if we want to think creatively he could have gotten it from his wife AnyoneIt's intensely frustrating that this book says at the same time both this is so and we can't possibly know What with the Victorian tendency to edit their correspondence ie burn anything that might be remotely intriguing to future historians the Victorian oddness about actually keeping private things private and the other Victorian tendency toward bowdlerization and euphemism we can't possibly know for sure is true for just about everything In the end I don't really feel I know Bram Stoker any better than I did when I began thisWhat kept popping into my mind as the author pulled this bit or that out of Dracula and Stoker's other writing – and Wilde's and so many others – was simply sometimes a cigar is just a cigar uote correlating Dracula and Oscar Wilde Both depended on the bodies of the young and the vital to procure the fluids that satisfied their unconventional appetites There doesn't always have to be an underlying meaning intentional or not Another uote this time from Tolkien I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations and always have done so since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence Why can't Dracula just be about a bunch of people trying to kill a vampire I received this audiobook from the publisher via LibraryThing for review Free read È PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ð David J. 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David J. Skal ð 6 Download Bram Stoker despite having a name nearly as famous as his legendary Count Dracula has remained a Something in PDFEPUBpuzzling enigma Now in a psychological and cultural portrait David J Skal exhumes the inner world and strange genius of the writer who conjured an undying cultural icon Stoker was inexplicably paralyzed as a. Skal’s biography of Bram Stoker is as lurid as Stoker’s most famous creation But if Dracula is the epitome of creepy gothic Stoker’s life was the pinnacle of Page Six It’s one of the many great contradictions of the Victorian era that their understanding of gender and sexual fluidity is far nuanced than our own but their intolerance toward homosexual—or perceived homosexual—activities was even extreme Stoker was an archetypal Victorian man in many ways—strong and virtuous and industrious manly to a fault but also struggling with his own sexuality and unable to express in public the feelings he poured out in private letters to the likes of Walt Whitman And whoa nelly—did he pour out some feelings Let’s just say that ol’ Bram very much desired to Sing the Body Electric while combing through every single one of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass Whitman apparently predisposed to being the object of heroic worship from handsome young gents seemed inclined to allow Stoker to pursue that desire Alas that they only met onceSkal doesn’t shy away from the tawdriest aspects of Stoker’s life You get the feeling he’d hyperventilate if proof came to light that Stoker and Oscar Wilde freuently got together to euphemism alert celebrate each other’s strength As it stands he draws as many connections between the two as he can no matter how tenuous The one real connection between them—Wilde’s brief engagement to the woman who would later become Stoker’s wife—isn’t nearly dishy enough to satisfy Skal’s insatiable appetite for Victorian gossipNotwithstanding his tendency to be a clatterfart Skal displays impressive scholarship He leaves no stone unturned in examining every aspect of the life of a man who left little in the way of a personal written record not very Victorian in that regard I suppose But be warned Dracula aficionados there was very little romance in the writing of Dracula Skal does whatever he can to try to manufacture some but its origin story is as prosaic as its villain is timeless and immortal Even for a Dracula fanatic and lover of all things Victorian the pace slackens here and there as the author dives deep into the minutiae of Stoker’s life most of which was spent placating famed thespian and noted grumpypants Henry Irving Still worth slogging through if you really need to get your Stoker on