Why was Dracula a banned book?

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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When the novel was first published, the Christian World praised it for its theme of good triumphing over evil, calling it "one of the most enthralling and unique romances ever written." However, many schools have removed it from their reading lists because of its erotic, sexual overtones. Stoker even stated in the Introduction that "Dracula is the symptom of a wish, largely sexual, that we wish we did not have." Maybe Dracula should bite Mina in the parlor instead of in her bedroom!

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