Abraham 'Bram' Stoker (1847-1912) became famous as the author of Dracula. Born in Marino Crescent in Clontarf near Dublin, he studied at Trinity College and became a civil servant, a job that he combined with that of drama critic of The Evening Mail. His interest in theatre lead to a lifelong friendship with the actor Henry Irving. Stoker married Oscar Wilde's former girlfriend Florence Balcombe in 1878 and moved with her to London where he became business manager of Irving's Lyceum Theatre. He supplemented his income by writing a large number of sensational novels, his most famous being the vampire tale Dracula (1897), the basis of countless films and plays. He died in 1912 in London.
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