In Memoriam: Radu Florescu

another raduBoston College History Professor Emeritus Radu Florescu, co-author of the bestseller In Search of Dracula, which revealed the historical identity of the legendary Dracula for the first time, died in France on May 18 at age 88. Dr. Florescu and the late Raymond T. McNally, also a professor in the Boston College History Department, published In Search of Dracula in 1972. Their book, which was researched in Romania under a Fulbright grant, was the first to identify Vlad Tepes, a 15th century prince, as the Dracula of literature. The book garnered the writing duo international fame, landing Dr. Florescu on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” Originally banned in Romania, In Search of Dracula was only made available in that country after the fall of Communism. The book has since been translated into more than a dozen languages. Dr. Florescu was also the author or co-author of Dracula Prince of Many Faces; The Essential Dracula; Dracula: A Biography of Vlad the ImpalerIn Search of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; In Search of Frankenstein and Dracula’s Bloodline: A Florescu Family Saga, among many other books and scholarly articles. He also donated hundreds of books to the Boston College Burns Library’s Balkan Collection.

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