One advantage Dracula has over Infinite Jest (at least from our perspective): it is broken up into actual chapters, of roughly equal length. Thus, we can provide a schedule without having to resort or page numbers or Kindle locations. Thanks, Bram!
Each row in the table below shows a date followed by the chapter you should have finished by that date.
|Fri, 10/02||Chapter 1: Jonathan Harker’s Journal|
|Sat, 10/03||Chapter 3: Jonathan Harker’s Journal|
|Sun, 10/04||Chapter 4: Jonathan Harker’s Journal|
|Mon, 10/05||Chapter 5: Letter From Miss Mina Murray To Miss Lucy Westenra|
|Tue, 10/06||Chapter 6: Mina Murray’s Journal|
|Wed, 10/07||Chapter 7: Cutting From “The Dailygraph”, 8 August|
|Thu, 10/08||Chapter 8: Mina Murray’s Journal|
|Fri, 10/09||Chapter 9: Letter, Mina Harker To Lucy Westenra|
|Sun, 10/11||Chapter 10: Letter, Dr. Seward To Hon. Arthur Holmwood|
|Mon, 10/12||Chapter 11 Lucy Westenra’s Diary|
|Tue, 10/13||Chapter 12: Dr. Seward’s Diary|
|Wed, 10/14||Chapter 13: Dr. Seward’s Diary|
|Thu, 10/15||Chapter 14: Mina Harker’s Journal|
|Sat, 10/17||Chapter 15 Dr. Seward’s Diary|
|Sun, 10/18||Chapter 16: Dr. Seward’s Diary|
|Mon, 10/19||Chapter 17 Dr. Seward’s Diary|
|Tue, 10/20||Chapter 18: Dr. Seward’s Diary|
|Wed, 10/21||Chapter 19: Jonathan Harker’s Journal|
|Thu, 10/22||Chapter 20: Jonathan Harker’s Journal|
|Fri, 10/23||Chapter 21: Dr. Seward’s Diary|
|Sun, 10/25||Chapter 22: Jonathan Harker’s Journal|
|Mon, 10/26||Chapter 23 Dr. Seward’s Diary|
|Tue, 10/27||Chapter 24: Dr. Seward’s Phonograph Diary|
|Wed, 10/28||Chapter 25: Dr. Seward’s Diary|
|Thu, 10/29||Chapter 26: Dr. Seward’s Diary|
|Sat, 10/31||Chapter 27: Mina Harker’s Journal|
So, for example, you should have finished chapter 20 on Thursday, October 22nd.
Note the absence of “Dracula’s Guest”, which appeared in the manuscript as the first chapter but was excised from the published novel. Some editions include this chapter and you are welcome to read it, but I’m afraid you’ll have to do so on your own time. (You can read “Dracula’s Guest” online here.)
In the forums, someone asked “Is there an edition that we’ll consider canon?” Not canon, per se, but the three Guides (whom we’ll announce tomorrow, by the way) we all be reading Simon & Schuster’s Dracula: Enriched Classics Series. But please feel free to read whatever edition you prefer.
Speaking of which …
Another advantage Dracula has over contemporary novels is that it is in the public domain, and is free for anyone to read, publish, or adapt. And fortunately for us, we have Jonathan McNicol on board to do just that. Jonathan designed and writes for Chip Kidd’s website Good is Dead, and is a contributor to the group culture blog clusterflock. He has also, for the last year or so, been creating web-readable editions of classic novel and publishing them to his site Never mind that; never mind that now. He previously created beautifully typeset versions of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Stolen White Elephant, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds. He is currently serializing Ulysses.
Over the course of October, Jonathan will be supplying us with Dracula in PDF form, chapter by chapter. If you’d like to see a sneak peek of Chapter 1, you can find it here.
If you are allergic to PDFs, you can read a plain text version of Dracula here.