Abraham ‘Bram’ Stoker was born in Marino Crescent in Clontarf, Dublin, in 1847.
Stoker married Oscar Wilde’s former sweetheart Florence Balcombe in 1878 and moved with her to London where he became business manager of Henry Irving’s Lyceum Theatre.
His first horror writing, The Chain Of Destiny, appeared as a serial in the Shamrock magazine in 1873.
His books include Under The Sunset (fairytales for children, 1882); The Snakes Pass (1890); Dracula (London, Constable, 1897/New York, Doubleday & Mclure Company, 1899); Miss Beauty (1898); The Mystery of the Sea (1902); The Jewel of Seven Stars (London, Heinemann 1903/New York, Harper and Brothers, 1904); The Man (1905); Lady Athlyne (1908); The Lady of the Shroud (Heinemann, 1909); and The Lair of the White Worm (London, William Rider & Son 1911).
His other work includes Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland (1879), and Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving (1906).
A collection of short stories, Dracula’s Guest and Other Weird Stories (1914), was published after his death.
He died in London in 1912 and was cremated in Golders Green Cemetary.
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on May 9, 2011
Here’s a virtual movie of the Irish author Bram Stoker reading from his great novel “Dracula” first published in 1897.Dracula is an 1897 novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, featuring as its primary antagonist the vampire Count Dracula. It was first published as a hard-cover in 1897 by Archibald Constable and Co. Dracula has been attributed to many literary genres including vampire literature, horror fiction, the Gothic novel and invasion literature. Structurally it is an epistolary novel, that is, told as a series of letters, diary entries, ships’ logs, etc. Literary critics have examined many themes in the novel, such as the role of women in Victorian culture, conventional and conservative sexuality, immigration, colonialism, post-colonialism and folklore. Although Stoker did not invent the vampire, the novel’s influence on the popularity of vampires has been singularly responsible for many theatrical, film and television interpretations throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. The excellent virtual recitation is provided by the very talented American voice artist LordJazor who has a very interesting youtube channel where you can hear a longer segment of his reading of Dracula.
Bram Stoker at NearfieldCommunicationNFC (with thanks to the English class at Cleary Mountain MS in the United States)
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