Posted by Alejandro Cabeza on 11/8/12
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Abraham "Bram" Stoker was born on 8 November 1847 in Clontarf, a suburb of Dublin, Ireland, the third of seven children born to Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornely, a noted feminist, and Abraham Stoker, Civil Servant. He was a sickly child. The first seven years of his life he was bedridden with an undiagnosed disease which may have been anything from rheumatic fever, asthma or a form of nonparalytic polio. During these first years of his life, as he laid in his bed, he listened to stories his mother told him of the cholera epidemic of 1832; people buried alive, and entire families dying in a matter of days. At the age of 12 Bram left his home to attend school at Dublin’s Rutland Square under Reverend William Wood. During these years he made up for his childhood sickness by becoming involved in athletics and became an endurance walker. Having fully recovered, in 1864, following his older brothers, he entered Trinity College in Dublin to study mathematics. There he became involved in athletics, winning many awards. He was also elected President of the Philosophical Society. After graduating with honours in 1870 he followed in his father's footsteps and joined the Civil Service with Dublin Castle. Great lover of the arts, Stoker started to write theatre reviews for the Dublin Evening Mail . In December 1876, he gave a favorable review of the actor Henry Irving's performance as Hamlet at the Theatre Royal in Dublin. Stoker and Irving soon discovered they had much in common and became quick friends. In 1878 Stoker accepted a job working in London as Irving’s personal secretary, a position he held for almost thirty years.
While manager for Irving, and secretary and director of London's Lyceum Theatre, he began writing novels beginning with The Snake's Pass in 1890 and Dracula in 1897. During this period, Stoker was part of the literary staff of the London Daily Telegraph and wrote other fiction, including the horror novels The Lady of the Shroud (1909) and The Lair of the White Worm (1911). In 1906, after Irving's death, he published his life of Irving, which proved successful, and managed productions at the Prince of Wales Theatre.