Bram Stoker | First Editions
1847 - 1912
Abraham "Bram" Stoker (8 November 1847 – 20 April 1912) was an Irish author, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula. However, during his lifetime, Stoker was better known as the personal assistant of actor Henry Irving, and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London (which Irving owned). F.W. Murnau's 1922 German Expressionist horror film Nosferatu was an unathorised adaptation of Stoker's Dracula, and is immensely successful; indeed, as of 2015, it is Rotten Tomatoes' second best-reviewed horror film of all time.
Stoker believed in progress and took a keen interest in science and science-based medicine. Some Stoker novels represent early examples of science fiction, such as The Lady of the Shroud (1909). He had a writer's interest in the occult, notably mesmerism, but despised fraud and believed in the superiority of the scientific method over superstition. Stoker counted among his friends J. W. Brodie-Innis, a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and hired member Pamela Colman Smith as an artist for the Lyceum Theatre, but no evidence suggests that Stoker ever joined the Order himself.
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New York: Doubleday, 1902. [Strange Tale] FIRST U.S. EDITION. Octavo (21 x 14cm), pp.viii; 498; , blank. Handsomely bound in half deep blue calf with spine gilt-lettered in six compartments, traditional raised bands, cloth sides, original cloth covers preserved at rear, bound without half title (pp.i/ii). One or two minor.....