Thursday, November 20, 2008

Cardboard History - Bram Stoker

2008 Allen & Ginter - #166 - Bram Stoker

I never bothered to learn much about Bram Stoker, although I have read parts of "Dracula" and really enjoyed Francis Ford Coppola's film from the early 90s. Here are a few things I wasn't aware of:

  • Stoker was bed-ridden until the age of 7
  • He was born and raised in Ireland
  • After moving to England, he became associated with higher society and was an acquaintance of both Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde.
  • Bram's widow was none too happy about the fact that she had not been asked permission before the movie "Nosferatu" was produced in 1922, nor paid any royalties. She filed suit against the filmmakers and eventually won.

Anyone out there read the book, and if so how true was Coppola's movie to the original plot?

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