|Birthname||Stoker, Abraham "Bram"|
|born on||8 November 1847|
|Place||Dublin, Ireland, 53n20, 6w15|
|Timezone||LMT m6w15 (is local mean time)|
Irish writer, best known as the author of "Dracula," published on 5/26/1897. While working as a civil servant for ten years, he wrote unpaid theater reviews, and gradually, began to publish his short stories.
Stoker had been a frail and sickly child, slow to speak and bedridden for much of his first seven years.
In the 1860s he attended Trinity College, Dublin, where he was popular and excelled in both sports and scholastics.
With his father's encouragement, he entered civil service.
In 1878, his friend Henry Irving invited Stoker to manage Irving's Lyceum theatre in London. Stoker quit his job, married Florence Balcombe, and moved to London to manage the Lyceum. A year later, Florence gave birth to their only child, a son. They drifted apart in interests though they stayed together for appearances.
He began working on his vampire novel in 1890. His last novel, "The Lair of the White Worm" was published in 1911. His story about Dracula has inspired many movies, the first of which was "Nosferatu," released in Germany in 1922. The inspiration for Dracula was Vlad Dracula, the Impaler of Transylvania, who was born late in the year 1431.
Stoker died in London on 4/20/1912, possibly of syphilis.
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- Vocation : Writers : Sci-Fi/ Fantasy/ Horror (Vampires)