Bram Stoker: Jewel of Seven Stars (2808 words)

Anactoria Clarke (The Open University)
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Bram Stoker’s The Jewel of Seven Stars is something of a literary conundrum. First published in 1903, it left readers and critics confused by its ending; republished in 1912, the novel had a different, more straightforward but less interesting ending. Critics remain unclear as to whether Stoker himself rewrote the ending, although William Hughes suggests that since in 1908 Stoker wrote an essay against censorship by publishers, any alteration is more likely to have been made by Stoker’s hand. This uncertainty adds to the intrigue of the novel.

The Jewel of Seven Stars adds an interesting progression to Stoker’s previous writing, the most notable of which is Dracula, in that it …

Citation: Clarke, Anactoria. "Jewel of Seven Stars". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 December 2019 [, accessed 17 May 2021.]

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