Scholar, writer, actor. Bram Stoker was born in Dublin, Ireland. A fan of the Romantic Movement in literature, Stoker corresponded with Walt Whitman and was a friend of Oscar Wilde. A dull life in civil service provided the inspiration necessary to produce such master works as the classic horror tale Dracula (1897) and numerous collections of horror short stories. Against his family's wishes, in 1878, Stoker moved to London and took a position at actor-manager with Henry Irving's Lyceum Theatre. He continued to write until his death in 1912.