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Abraham Bram Stoker was born November 8 1847 at 15 The Crescent Clontarf North of Dublin the third of seven children For the first 7 years of his life Stoker was bedridden with a myriad of childhood diseases which afforded him much time to reading By the time he went to college Stokerhad somehow overcome his childhood maladies and while at Trinity College Dublin the honor student was involved in soccer and was a marathon running champion He was also involved in various literaryand dramatic activities a precursor to his later interests in the theater and his involvement with the rising action 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 position of His literary career began as early as 1871 and in that year he took up a post as the unpaid drama critic for the Evening Mail while at the same time writing short stories 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 to the forefront In a four part serial called the Chain of Destiny were 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 10 years after Stokers Trinity days Stoker still very much the critic and still holding his civil service position gave Irvings performance a favorable review Impressed with Stokers review Irving invitedStoker back stage and the resultant friendship lasted until Irvings death in 1905 The StokerIrving partnership solidified around the year 1878 During this time Henry Irving had taken over his own theater company called the London Lyceum but he didnt like the management and therefore approached Stoker to handle business at which point Stoker gave up his
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