Radu Florescu, the Romanian-born historian, professor and philanthropist who was the first to link the fictional Count Dracula to the 15th-century Romanian prince, Vlad the Impaler — died on May 18 at the age of 88.
Florescu wrote many books but is probably most famous for ‘In Search of Dracula’, which he co-authored with Raymond T. McNally in 1972. ‘In Search of Dracula’ is available on Amazon with this gorgeous cover illustration by Edward Gorey.
The true story behind the legend of Dracula – a biography of Prince Vlad of Transylvania, better known as Vlad the Impaler. This revised edition now includes entries from Bram Stoker’s recently discovered diaries, the amazing tale of Nicolae Ceausescu’s attempt to make Vlad a national hero, and an examination of recent adaptations in fiction, stage and screen.