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Title: Dracula

Author: Bram Stoker

Type of book: Novel

Genre: Gothic, horror

Original language: English

Written in: London, between 1891 and 1897

Set in: late nineteenth-century England and Eastern Europe

First published: 1897

Narrator: The novel is written in an epistolary format, so the narrator switches frequently. In addition to newspaper clippings, letters, and telegrams, the story is variously told through the diary entries of Jonathan Harker, Mina Harker, Dr. John Seward, Dr. Van Helsing and Lucy Westenra.

Protagonist: There is no single protagonist. Count Dracula, however, is the antagonist; therefore, Jonathan and Mina Harker, Van Helsing, Dr. Seward, Arthur Holmwood and Quincey Morris are all protagonists in their efforts to defeat him.

Point of view: Usually first-person limited from the various perspectives of the main characters; sometimes third-person limited from the perspective of a newspaper journalist.

Tense: Primarily past tense

Climax: Chapter 16, when Arthur Holmwood—aided by Van Helsing, Seward, and Morris—destroys the vampire Lucy Westenra by driving a stake through her heart.

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