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Copyright 1996 Modern library editionBram Stoker was born November 8 1847 in Clontarf Ireland north of Dublin His full name was Abraham Stocker He was the son of Abraham and Charlotte He was the third of seven children For the first 7 years of his life Bram was bedridden with a flurry of childhood diseases This led him to spend much of his time reading Later in his life after healing from his diseases he attended Trinity College in Dublin There he was an honor student played soccer and was involved in marathon running After he graduated from college he followed in his fathers footsteps and became a civil servant at Dublin castle as a junior clerk He began his literary career in 1871 when he took up a post as the unpaid drama critic for the Evening Mail while he was also writing short stories His first literary success came in 1872 when the London Society published his short story The Crystal Cup Bram Stoker encountered Henry Irving who he had once critiqued while he was at Trinity College Stoker saw his portrayal of the role Hamlet and wrote a favorable review of it Irving was impressed with Stokers review This resulted in Irving inviting Stoker backstage and from there a good friendship was formed In 1878 Irving had taken over his own theater company called the London Lyceum He didnt like the management and therefore approached Stoker to handle the business Stoker gave up his civil servants jobs to go work for Irving Shortly after Stoker began his new career the publishing house of Sampson He was contacted with interest in making a collection of Stoker Stories Under the Sunset was published in 1891 and was well received by some of the critics but others thought the book would not be good for children By the time Stoker had written The Snakes Pass 1890 he was already started
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