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Posted on Nov 08, 02:05PM | IBNS
Popular search engine Google on Thursday celebrated 165th birth anniversary of Irish novelist and short story writer Abraham "Bram" Stoker with a beautiful doodle.
Stoker is best known for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula.
Netizens could see an eerie black and white doodle on the homepage.
Stoker's Dracula is also present in the doodle. He is seen wearing a black coat.
The scary doodle also featured a crescent moon and a flying bat beside other characters of Stoker's novels.
The word 'Google' has been written in red .
Pertinently, the lettering of the word has been inspired by the cover of the first edition of Dracula.
Stoker was born on Nov 8, 1847 in Clontarf, Ireland.
During his lifetime, he was better known as personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned.
Stoker became interested in the theatre while a student through a friend, Dr. Maunsell.
He became the theatre critic for the Dublin Evening Mail, co-owned by the author of Gothic tales Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.
Theatre critics were held in low esteem but he attracted notice by the quality of his reviews.
In Dec 1876, he gave a favourable review of Henry Irving's Hamlet at the Theatre Royal in Dublin.
Stoker also wrote stories, and in 1872 "The Crystal Cup" was published by the London Society, followed by "The Chain of Destiny" in four parts in 'The Shamrock'.
In 1876, while a civil servant in Dublin, Stoker wrote a non-fiction book (The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland, published 1879), which remained a standard work . Furthermore, he possessed an interest in art, and was a founder of the Dublin Sketching Club in 1874.
While manager for 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 London Daily Telegraph and wrote other fiction, including the horror novels The Lady of the Shroud (1909) and The Lair of the White Worm (1911).
Before writing Dracula, Stoker met Ármin Vambery who was a Hungarian writer and traveler. Dracula likely emerged from Vambery's dark stories by Carpathian mountains.
After he spent several years researching European folklore and mythological stories of vampires. Dracula is an epistolary novel, written as a collection of realistic, but completely fictional, diary entries, telegrams, letters, ship's logs, and newspaper clippings, all of which added a level of detailed realism to his story, a skill he developed as a newspaper writer.
After suffering a number of strokes, he died on Apr 20, 1912 in London.
From Charlie Chaplin to Marie Curie, Google doodles have not only celebrated the birth anniversaries of great personalities, they have also made internet users know about important dates through the designs and animation.