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From the Shadow of Dracula: A Life of Bram Stoker

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Bram Stoker was a larger-than-life individual with more than a hint of the Transylvanian Count in his personality. This groundbreaking new biography illuminates a multi-faceted man of enormous creativity, and presents Dracula in the context of Stoker’s life and entire fictional output.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Pimlico (first published 2004)
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Bookworm Sean
Nov 12, 2015 Bookworm Sean rated it liked it
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It’s weird how we make assumptions of authors based upon their work. Jane Austen is clearly the brilliantly sarcastic entity that narrates her novels. Robert Louis Stevenson, in part, reflected the melancholy he portrayed in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. He wrote most of it in one lonely incensed sitting, and was inspired by a haunting dream he had. Part of the author is almost always in the book, it’s unavoidable. So, when I used to think of Bram Stoker I imagined a solitary figure ...more
Nov 11, 2015 Larry rated it really liked it
First class biography of this multifaceted individual. I grew up within a short distance of his home and consequently have always been intrigued by this mild mannered civil servant turned author who found time to be the right hand of Sir Henry Irving for over 30 years. This bio zeros in on the myriad of periphery writings (outside of Dracula) of Stoker which have been greatly ignored by other biographers and Murray successfully uses a excellent examples in those works to provide insight into his ...more
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Sep 05, 2008 Meagan G rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-favs, historical
A very informative book on Bram, his life and works, family and friends. I would have liked more info on his family and relationships, but I understand there is very little info available for some areas of his life. Bram was a very interesting man and had so many famous friends. And did amazing things. The only thing I think that is very disappointing is that he wasn't around much for his only son and that is very sad.
Franco Noonan
Dec 29, 2007 Franco Noonan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Dracula & Bram Stoker
An inspiring look into the life of the man behind the famous Count, whose life was clouded in mystery until recently.

A full & busy life at the centre of London highlife of the 1800's, this excellently researched book makes fine reading for any fan of Dracula & how he came to be.

currently on p 156 of 320...although I have misplaced it under a toppling tower of books...moving it to the shelved indefinitely shelf.
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Paul Murray is a writer and Irish diplomat.

Mr. Murray was born in Carlow, Ireland in 1949. He completed his studies at Trinity College, Dublin, where he received a Masters in history and political science.

Mr. Murray is author of biographies on Lafcadio Hearn and Bran Stoker. In 1995 he won the Koizumi Yakumo Literary Prize.

He entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1972 and has since served in
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