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Bram Stoker : a biography of the author of Dracula

Author: Barbara Belford
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The first full-scale biography of the complex man known today as the author of Dracula, but who was famous in his own time as the innovative manager of London's Lyceum Theatre, home of the greatest English actors of the day, Henry Irving and Ellen Terry. Barbara Belford tells the story of Stoker the hidden man. On the surface: the very model of Victorian modesty, reserve, and duty, the devoted husband and father. In
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Belford, Barbara.
Bram Stoker.
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1996
(OCoLC)603829661
Named Person: Bram Stoker; Dracula, Count (Fictitious character); Bram Stoker; Dracula, Count (Fictitious character); Bram Stoker; Bram Stoker; Bram Stoker
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Belford
ISBN: 0679418326 9780679418320
OCLC Number: 34077042
Description: xv, 381 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Dublin Dreams (1847-1878). The dreamer ; Trinity man ; Drama critic ; Henry Irving. --
London Limelight (1878-1884). The Lyceum ; First nights ; The Beefsteak room ; America. --
Literary Overtures (1884-1895). Mephistopheles ;The bloody play ; The occult ; Cruden Bay. --
Dracula's Secrets (1895-1912). Shaw's dilemma ; Dracula debuts ; Farewells ; The last wave.
Responsibility: Barbara Belford.
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The first full-scale biography of the complex man known today as the author of Dracula, but who was famous in his own time as the innovative manager of London's Lyceum Theatre, home of the greatest English actors of the day, Henry Irving and Ellen Terry. Barbara Belford tells the story of Stoker the hidden man. On the surface: the very model of Victorian modesty, reserve, and duty, the devoted husband and father. In actuality: a man whose emotional and working energies were in large part expended on the care and cultivation of the flamboyant, mesmerizing genius of the stage, Henry Irving.

We follow Stoker from his sickly childhood - entertained by his mother's twice-told tales of Irish hobgoblins and banshees - to his years as a Dublin undergraduate student and newspaperman, when he first wrote to his idol Walt Whitman, spilling out his innermost thoughts and beginning a lifelong correspondence that culminated in their meeting when Stoker traveled to America on tour with Irving and Ellen Terry. We see Stoker's childhood friendship with Oscar Wilde, and watch as the two young men compete for the hand of the beautiful Florence Balcombe, who became Stoker's wife. And we see Stoker in the literary and theatrical circles of Victorian London among such figures as Mark Twain, Arthur Conan Doyle, James Whistler, Lord Tennyson, and George Bernard Shaw.

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