Bram Stoker

By Barbara Belford,

Book cover of Bram Stoker: A Biography of the Author of Dracula

Book description

This biography draws on unpublished archival material to explore the links between Stoker's life, his vampire tale, and the political, occult and sexual concerns of the 1890s. It shows how Stoker's friendship with Henry Irving led to his life being overshadowed by Irving's achievements.

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1 author picked Bram Stoker as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Barbara Belford’s 1996 book is one of the classics in its field, next to the Stoker biographies by Harry Ludlam, Daniel Farson, and Paul Murray. With a background in journalism, Belford created a very readable introduction to Stoker’s life. Her book still is an invaluable source for fans and scholars trying to understand the making of Dracula. It is a good stepping stone for readers who would like to dive deeper later on, e.g., by studying David Skal’s more recent work, Something in the Blood. For me personally, it gave me a very colorful image of Stoker’s life…

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