Πέμπτη, 8 Νοεμβρίου 2012

Abraham (Bram) Stoker the author of Gothic - Vampire masterpiece Dracula

Bram Stoker one of the most significant horror authors ! 



I who served the Cross. I who commanded nations hundreads of years before you were born - I was betrayed. Look what your God has done to me


From Dracula novel by Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker is one of the most significant and important authors of this century, he conquered the horror literature with his memorable and all time horror classic masterpiece novel “Dracula” (Bram Stoker, 1897). He was born before 165 years on 8 November 1847 at 15 Marno Crescent in Dublin, Ireland. Bram Stoker was the third of seven children of Stoker family.

Significant Facts about Bram Stoker’s life


Bram Stoker faced health problems at his childhood and he was bedridden until he started school at the age of seven. It’s important to use his own words to describe the situation “I was naturally throughtful and the leisure of long illness gave opportunity for many thoughts which were fruitful according to their kind in later years”.

He studied at the private schoool of Rev. Willimas Wood and later he attended and graduated from the prestigious Trinity College with honors in mathematics. He worked as auditor at the College Historical Society and then he became president of the University Philosophical Society, but the activities and interests of Bram Stoker were beyond science and auditing.

During his studies at University he became interested in theater and he started writing theater critics for the  Irish newspaper Dublin Evening Mail. But, sometimes destiny rules the faith of creative men and the Daily Evening Mial was co - owned by the famous author of Gothic Tales Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. The quality of Stoker’s articles and his unique point of view were the main reasons for mass attraction of interest from audience. Stroke through his exceptional articles became became friend with Henry Irving. During that period of time Bram Stoker wrote “The Crystal Ball” which was published by the London Society also he wrote books like “The Chain of Destiny” and also a non - fiction book with the title “The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland” published in 1879.

In 1879 Stoker married Florence Belcombe and on 31 December 1879, their only child was born,a son named later Irving Noel Thornley Stoker.

Stoker’s relocation in London


Later in 1879 Bram Stoker moved to London, where he was employed s acting manager of Irving’s Lyceum Theater and later as business manager. The collaboration of Bram Stoker with Irvine was very important for his career because he was involved in London’s high society, where he had the change to meet James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and finally the author Hall Caine (Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine). Also I need to highlight the fact that with Irwing Bram Stoker traveled in a large number of countries and especially in United States of America, its known that Stoker created fictional characters with American background in two of his novels.

Bram Stroker on writting



While Bram Stroker was working for living as manager in London’s Lyceum Theater he started writing fictional books the first of them was “The snake’s pass” (1890) and later “The Watter’s Mou” (1895), “The Shoulder of Shasta (1895), Dracula (1895), Miss Betty (1898), The Jewel of Seven Stars (1903), The Man (1895), Lady Athlyne (1908), The Lady of the Shroud” (1898) and finally “The Lair of the white wom” (1911).
During that period Bram Stoker was part of the literary staff of the London Daily Telegraph and also after Irving’s death he wrote a non - fiction book about the life of his loved friend with the title “Personal Reminiscence of Henry Irving” (1906).


The Dracula Novel a masterpiece of horror fiction


The inspiration for the novel was Mr. Armin Vambery a Hungarian writer and traveller. It’ s believed that the fictional character of Dracula was born from Vambery’s dark stories about Carpathian mountains.  Also, Stoker was researcher and student of European folk-ore, mythological stories of vampires. Finally Bram Stroker created a masterpiece by using a multidimensional narration structure. Historian of fiction use to say that Dracula is a an epistolary novel written as a collection of realistic but completely fictional diary entries, telegraphs, letters, ship’s logs, newspaper clippings all of which added a level of detailed realism to his story, a skill that was developed as a newspaper writer.   
  
Elias Stoikos

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External Resources


Bram Stoker - Wikipedia

Bram Stoker - Internet Movies Data Base

Download Bram Stoker's books 

Bram Stoker - Gutenberg online project

Bram Stoker Online

Bram Stoker - Open Library


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