Monday, 26 May 2014

26 May in literature

26 May 1897 Bram Stoker's novel Dracula goes on sale in London.

Dracula, as we all know today, is a vampire from Transylvania who comes to London. The story tells about his life there and his victims. Stoker had been publishing horror stories for around 20 years. I think that today this is the only novel that is remembered. I read it a couple of years ago and although in those day, I did not like these vampire tales, I quite liked the book. Today, we are used to vampires through all new fantasy books and television series.

Stoker was born in Dublin and worked in the civil service and writing at the same time. In 1878 he became the manager of actor Sir Henry Irving, which he admired. He managed him for 27 years. Stoker died in London in 1912.

Numerous films have been made about Dracula, latest might be the television series with Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula.

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