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Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker

Abraham "Bram" Stoker, born in 1847 in Dublin, Ireland and died April 20, 1912, in London, England, was the author of the popular horror tale Dracula in 1897.

Stoker was a bedridden invalid until he was seven. He attended Trinity College (University of Dublin), where, having outgrown his youthful weakness, he became an outstanding athlete. After spending 10 years in the civil service at Dublin Castle, during which time he also served as an unpaid drama critic for the Dublin Mail, he made the acquaintance of his idol, the actor Sir Henry Irving.

From 1878 until Irving's death 27 years later, Stoker acted as his manager, writing as many as 50 letters a day for him and accompanying him on his American tours. During this period Stoker began to write short stories. His first horror story was published in 1875. The Snake's Pass, his first novel, was published in 1890, and in 1897 his masterpiece, Dracula, appeared. The immensely popular novel enjoyed equal success in several versions as a play and as a motion picture, beginning with the silent film, Nosferatu, in 1922, and the first sound version, Universal's Dracula, with Bela Lugosi in the title role.

Stoker wrote several other novels--among them The Mystery of the Sea (1902), The Jewel of Seven Stars (1904), The Lady of the Shroud (1909), and The Lair of the White Worm (1911)--but none of them approached the popularity, or, indeed, the quality, of Dracula.

--Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature, 1995

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