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Bram Stoker 
Bram Stoker 
Chapter I – XXVIIDracula`s Guest
Abraham "Bram" Stoker (1847-1912)
, Irish writer, best known for his vampirenovel
(1897).Bram Stoker was born near Dublin on November 8, 1847, the third of sevenchildren. An unidentified illness kept him virtually bedridden until age seven. Although he remained shy and bookish, in his adolescence Bram Stoker wasanything but sickly. Perhaps to make amends for his earlier frailty, he was by thistime developing into a fine athlete. At Trinity College, Dublin, he would conquer his shyness and be named University AthleteYoung Bram had always dreamed of becoming a writer, but his father had safer plans. Yielding to the father's wishes, Bram followed him into a career as a civilservant in Dublin Castle. While climbing the civil service ladder, he wrote a drytome entitled
Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland 
. This book of rules,however, would not be published until 1879, by which time Stoker would bemarried, living in another country, and immersed in a new career.During his eight-year stint in the civil service, Stoker continued to write stories,the first of which, a dream fantasy entitled "The Crystal Cup" (1872), waspublished by The London Society. A serialized four-part horror piece, entitled"The Chain of Destiny" followed three years later in the
The Shamrock 
. He alsofound time to take unpaid positions as theatrical critic for Dublin's
Evening Mail 
and, later, as editor of 
The Irish Echo
.In 1878, Henry Irving offered Stoker the job of actor-manager at London'sLyceum Theatre. Stoker promptly resigned the civil service, married FlorenceBalcombe and set off for his new life in London. Within a year, Florence hadgiven birth to their only child, a son, Noel, but Stoker and his wife, thoughcontinuing to keep up appearances, are said to have become estranged. Despitehis heavy professional duties, Stoker somehow found the time to write fiction. Hisfirst book,
Under the Sunset 
(1882), consisted of eight eerie fairy tales for children. His first full-length novel,
The Snake's Pass
, was published in 1890.That same year marks the beginning of Stoker's research for his masterwork,
, which, would be published in 1897 to world-wide acclaim. Stoker wroteseveral short stories, novels and essays but his name is inextricably linked with
.Stoker continued to pursue a writing career until his death on April 20,1912

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