Sickly and bedridden as a child, Stoker eventually grew to well over six feet in height and became athletic and muscular, crowned with a head of thick, red hair. He is referred to by biographer Farson as a "red-haired giant. It appears that Stoker was always interested in writing because, for a time, he worked as a drama critic; additionally, the author whom he most admired was Walt Whitman, whose controversial book of poetry, Leaves of Grass, Stoker publicly defended. After years of correspondence, Stoker finally met Whitman inand he met him again a few more times, the last time in
See Article History Alternative Title: Although an invalid in early childhood—he could not stand or walk until he was seven—Stoker outgrew his weakness to become an outstanding athlete and football soccer player at Trinity College —70 in Dublin, where he earned a degree in mathematics.
His masterpiece, Draculaappeared in The novel is written chiefly in the form of diaries and journals kept by the principal characters: The story is that of a Transylvanian vampire who, using supernatural powers, makes his way to England and there victimizes innocent people to gain the blood on which he survives.
The immensely popular novel enjoyed equal success in several versions as a play and as a film. The sequel, which shuns the epistolary style of the first Dracula for traditional third-person narrative, is a thriller set in London inand it features Bram Stoker as a character.
Stoker wrote several other novels—among them The Mystery of the SeaThe Jewel of Seven Starsand The Lady of the Shroud —but none of them approached the popularity or, indeed, the quality of Dracula.
Learn More in these related Britannica articles:Biography. Bram Stoker was born in Clontarf, a coastal suburb on the nothside of Dublin. He was the third of seven children of Abraham Stoker () . In , Stoker married Florence Balcombe, who had had the choice of marrying either Bram Stoker or Oscar Wilde.
At the time, Stoker was thirty-one years old, Wilde only twenty-four.
Stoker and Wilde remained friends, however, and Stoker was admitted into Wilde's literary circle. Stoker continued to write Gothic and fantasy fiction, including The Lair of the White Worm (), which would eventually be made into a cult film, and published Henry Irving's biography, Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving ().
Stoker continued to write Gothic and fantasy fiction, including The Lair of the White Worm (), which would eventually be made into a cult film, and published Henry Irving's biography, Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving (). Abraham "Bram" Stoker (8 November – 20 April ) was an Irish author, best known today for his Gothic novel Dracula.
During his lifetime, he was better known as the personal assistant of actor Sir Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned.
Mar 04, · Born in Ireland in , Bram Stoker studied mathematics at Dublin's Trinity College and embarked on his longtime role as an assistant to actor Sir Henry Irving in the attheheels.com: Nov 08,