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Bram Stoker (christened Abraham) was born in 1847 in Dublin, Ireland. As a child he was very sickly and had to stay in bed until he was seven years old. He enjoyed reading and listening to the stories his mother told him, especially horror stories about death and disease. Later on Bram said that those years spent in bed were a useful time to think, and they helped him as a writer later in life.
Bram made a full recovery from his childhood illness and started school. After graduating from university with a maths degree in 1870, he became a theatre critic and worked in the civil service. In 1876 he wrote a favourable review of the famous actor Henry Irving’s portrayal of Hamlet, and consequently the two men became friends. Bram also wrote stories during this time, as well as a rather dull-sounding non-fiction book called Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland. He was interested in art and was a founder of the Dublin Sketching Club.
In 1878 Stoker married Florence Balcombe. She was renowned for her beauty and had previously been the girlfriend of Oscar Wilde. The couple moved to London, where Bram became the business manager of Henry Irving’s
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Lyceum Theatre. Bram was devoted to Henry and ended up working there for the next 27 years. In 1879, Bram and Florence had their only child, Irving.
Bram’s career was certainly busy and he was well-known in his time. He travelled the world on tour with Henry Irving’s plays, he was on the literary staff of the Daily Telegraph and he wrote several novels. But, of course, today he is best known for the creation of one of literature’s most terrifying characters: the blood-chilling Count Dracula.
Towards the end of his life Bram Stoker suffered a number of strokes and died on 20 April 1912.

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