Abraham 'Bram' Stoker was born on 8 November 1847 in Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland. His parents were Abraham C. Stoker and Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornley. Ill as a child, Stoker was bedridden until starting school at 7 years of age. He was educated in a private school and later attended Trinity College, from which he graduated with honours in Mathematics in 1870.
In 1878, he married Florence Balcombe at St. Ann's Church, Dawson Street in Dublin.
He started working as a civil servant at Dublin Castle (where his father had worked before him) and in the evenings had an unpaid role writing reviews for theatrical productions in Dublin for the Dublin Evening Mail. Stoker became friends with English Actor Sir Henry Irving having been introduced after Stoker had written a review of Hamlet, in which Irving was cast. Irving offered Stoker a management position at his production company, Lyceum Theatre, in London’s west end which he accepted.
Inspired now he wrote his first horror “The Primrose Path” and would continue to publish writings while working at the theatre. In 1897 he published one of the best-known books ever written – "Dracula".
Stoker's primary inspiration for his Count Dracula was the real-life prince of Wallachia who ruled during the Ottoman conquest of the Balkans (whose father was a member of the Order of the Dragon, or Dracul. "Dracula" means son of the Dragon). The prince of Wallachia aka "Vlad the Impaler" was notorious in Germany and tales spread across Europe of a man-monster who lived off the blood of his enemies.
Stoker died in London on 20 April 1912, before his "Dracula" rose to international fame. His descendants survive to this day.
[Sources: biograpy.com, Wikipedia, thefamouspeople.com]
|Date of Birth||8th Nov 1847|
|Date of Death||20th Apr 1912|
|Associated Building (s)||Long Room Library, Trinity College Dublin, 15 Marino Crescent CLONTARF, St Annes Parish Church DAWSON ST, St Michan's Church Dublin|
|Father (First Name/s and Surname)||Abraham Stoker of Coleraine||VIEW SOURCE|
|Mother (First Name/s and Maiden)||Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornley of Sligo||VIEW SOURCE|