Fact of the day: 26th May

On this day in 1897 Dracula, a novel by the Irish author Bram Stoker was published.

Stoker visited the English town of Whitby in 1890 and that visit is said to be part of the inspiration of his great novel Dracula.

While manager for Henry Irving and secretary and director of London’s Lyceum Theatre, he began writing novels, beginning with The Snake’s Pass in 1890 and Dracula in 1897.

During this period, Stoker was part of the literary staff of the The Daily Telegraph in London, and wrote other fiction, including the horror novels The Lady of the Shroud (1909) and The Lair of the White Worm (1911).

In 1906, after Irving’s death, he published his life of Irving, which proved successful, and managed productions at the Prince of Wales Theatre.

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The original 541-page manuscript of Dracula, believed to have been lost, was found in a barn in northwestern Pennsylvania in the early 1980s.

It included the typed manuscript with many corrections, and handwritten on the title page was “THE UN-DEAD.” The author’s name was shown at the bottom as Bram Stoker.

Author Robert Latham notes, “the most famous horror novel ever published, its title changed at the last minute.”

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