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Bram Stoker, byname of Abraham Stoker, (born Nov. 8, 1847, Clontarf, County Dublin, Ire.—died April 20, 1912, London, Eng.), Irish writer best known as the author of the Gothic horror tale Dracula.
Although an invalid in early childhood—he could not stand or walk until he was seven—Stoker outgrew his weakness to become an outstanding athlete and football (soccer) player at Trinity College (1864–70) in Dublin, where he earned a degree in mathematics. After 10 years in the civil service at Dublin Castle, during which he was also an unpaid drama critic for the Dublin Evening Mail (later the Evening Mail), he made the acquaintance of his idol, the actor Sir Henry Irving, and, from 1878 until Irving’s death 27 years later, Stoker acted as Irving’s manager, writing as many as 50 letters a day for him and accompanying him on his American tours. Stoker’s first book, The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland, a handbook in legal administration, was published in 1879.