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Abraham Bram Stoker was born November 8 1947 in north Dublin the third of seven children For the first 7 years of his life he Stoker with a lot of childhood diseases which afforded him much time to reading By the time he went to college Stoker had somehow overcome his chilhood illnesses and while at Trintiy College Dublin the honor student was involved in soccer and was amarathon running champion He was also involved in various literary and dramatic activities a precursor to his later interests in the theater and his involvement with the rising actor Henry Irving whose performance he had critiqued as a student at Trinity After graduation from college and in his fathers footsteps he became a civil servant holding the positon of junior clerk in the Dublin Castle His first literary success came a year later when in 1872 The London Society published his short story The Crystal Cup As early as 1875 Stokers unique brand of fiction had come tothe forefront In a four part series called the Chain of Deestiny were the themes that would become Stokers trademark horror mixed with romance nightmares and curses Stoker encountered Henry Irving again this time in the role of Hamlet 10yeas after he graduated from Trinty He still the critic and still holding the civil service job gave Irvings performance a good review Impressed with Stokers review he Irving invited Stoker back stage and their strong friendship lasted until Irvings death in 1905 The Stoker Irving partnership solidified around 1878 During this time Irving had taken over his own theater company called the London Lyceum A hall for lectures but he didnt like the management and then approached Stoker to handle business at
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