It is hard to believe that a character in a book written over 115 years ago can still carry such significant influence in today’s literature, television, and movies. The character’s creator, an Irishman, started his writing career as a theatre critic, eventually becoming a novelist. His contemporaries were men such as Oscar Wilde, Walt Whitman and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and today his name is nearly as well-known as theirs. After getting married, he lived with his family in Victorian London. There he was the business manager for the Lyceum Theatre, a position he held for 27 years. But of all his accomplishments and famous acquaintances, we know him best for his book published in 1897.
The book, of course, is Dracula, and the author is Bram Stoker.