Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker - Domaine Public
Bram Stoker - Domaine Public

Abraham Stoker, known as Bram Stoker, is a renowned Irish writer, known throughout the world for his work Dracula. A talented writer, Bram Stoker was the author of numerous novels, essays and short stories.

Biography of Bram Stoker

Dracula’s father was Irish

Une représentation du comte de Dracula

A representation of the Count of Dracula

Bram Stoker was born in Dublin in 1847, and was part of a family of 7 children. From an early age, Stoker suffered from health problems and stayed in bed for a long time, while his mother tried to entertain him with legends from Irish folklore.

As early as 1863, Bram Stoker entered the prestigious Trinity College and graduated without difficulty in 1870. During his studies, he discovered the Dublin literary sphere and was introduced to the theatre. He moved to London only a few years later.

A lover of words, he then decided to write his first novel “The Chain”, which he published in 1875. He very quickly surrounded himself with great figures of the literary and artistic world, and in particular met Henry Irving, a great London theatre actor.

It was in 1897 that Stoker decided to work on a new project: that of Dracula. At that time, England was plagued by fear, following the misdeeds of Jack the Ripper. These dark times inspired the writer to create a terrifying character in the guise of a bloodthirsty vampire.

For this creature, he takes his inspiration from the Story of Vlad Tepes. Stoker will take 10 years before publishing this work, which was not initially a great success. It was only after 1912, the year of the writer’s death, that Dracula really came to posterity. The success was then boundless, and the first black-and-white films of the time followed.

Another of his major writings was “The Lair of the White Worm”, which he published in 1911, a year before his death. It was a great success, and very much appreciated by the critics.

It was on 21 April 1912 that Bram Stoker died, leaving behind him a strong literary legacy that continues to this day.

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