Google is celebrating Abraham Stoker, who was an Irish novelist and short story writer, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula.
The Abraham Stoker Google Doodle
The Google Doodle is of different characters in Abraham Stoker’s collection of books. Most noticeable is Dracula at the far right. On what would have been Stoker’s 165th birthday
- Born: November 8, 1847, Clontarf, Dublin
- Died: April 20, 1912, London
- Spouse: Florence Balcombe (m. 1878–1912)
- Movies: Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Nosferatu, Dracula, Dracula, More
- Nationality: Irish, British
Abraham Stoker was the secretary and director of London’s Lyceum Theatre, he was also the manager for Henry Irving, an English stage actor. Stoker started writing novels in 1890, beginning with The Snake’s Pass and Dracula in 1897, before writing Dracula, Stoker spent several years researching European folkore. Stoker was also part of the London Daily Telegraph, and wrote other fiction, like The Lady of the Shroud in 1909 and The Lair of the White Worm in 1911. When Abraham Stoker’s friend Henry Irving passed away in 1906, he published the life of Irving, which was very successful and managed productions at the Prince of Wales Theatre.
Abraham Stoker’s Dracula
The Dracula Film
The first film adaptation of Dracula was released in 1922 and was named Nosferatu. It was directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau and starred Max Schreck as Count Orlock. Nosferatu was produced while Florence Stoker, Bram Stoker’s widow and literary executrix, was still alive. Represented by the attorneys of the British Incorporated Society of Authors, she eventually sued the filmmakers. Her chief legal complaint was that she had been neither asked for permission for the adaptation nor paid any royalty. The case dragged on for some years, with Mrs. Stoker demanding the destruction of the negative and all prints of the film. The suit was finally resolved in the widow’s favour in July 1925.
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