Stage Blood: Vampires of the 19th Century Stage
by Roxana Stuart
University of Wisconsin Press, 1994
Paper: 978-0-87972-660-7 | Cloth: 978-0-87972-659-1
Library of Congress Classification PN1650.V34S78 1994
Dewey Decimal Classification 809.29375

The vampire originally took on its characteristics in the public imagination from a series of plays written and performed by some of the most important figures in nineteenth-century theater. This work is the first major study devoted to the vampire on stage; the author discusses the figure that preceded Dracula—Lord Ruthven—the subject of more than forty English, French, and American plays. The principal works are melodramas, but the vampire theme was also treated in tragedy, opera, ballet, burlesque, farce, burletta, and satire.

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