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"Born in Dublin in November 1847, Bram Stoker was the third of seven children. When he was sixteen he started at Trinity College Dublin, where, overcoming previous disabilities, he became the University athletics champion. While at University he developed a great passion for the theatre after witnessing a performance by the actor Henry Irving.
"Stoker followed in his father's footsteps and became a clerk in the Civil Service in 1870 but his interest in the arts continued to grow and the following year he wrote the first of his many theatre reviews. In 1878 his strong admiration for Henry Irving led the actor to appoint him business manager at London's Lyceum Theatre. In the same year Stoker married the twenty-year old Florence Balcombe.
"Although Stoker wrote a number of short stories which appeared in magazines his reputation as an author stands almost wholly on his novel, Dracula which was first published in 1897. It was an instant success and was published as a six-penny paperback edition in 1900.
"Stoker's other works which include The Snake's Pass (1890), Personal Reminiscenes of Henry Irving (1906) and The Lair of the White Worm (1911) are now largely forgotten.
"Following the death of Henry Irving in 1905 Stoker suffered from a stroke which left him unconscious for twenty-four hours. He recovered enough to carry on his writings and at the age of sixty his interview with Winston Churchill appeared in the Daily Chronicle. Bram Stoker died in April 1912 in London."
Source: Penguin Web Site (http://www.futurenet.co.uk/Penguin/Authors/582.html). Accessed 10 June 1997
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The author photograph was taken in 1884. (Source: Barbara Belford. Bram Stoker: A Biography of the Author of Dracula. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996. Page 147. PR 6037 T617Z57 1996x ROBA.)
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