Bram Stoker (1847-1912) was born in Dublin. After attending Dublin University, he spent ten years as an Irish civil servant, trying to keep up his writing in his free time. By 1871, he had become the drama critic for the Dublin Mail and had gained experience as a newspaper editor, reporter, and short story writer. In 1878 he became the personal assistant to Sir Henry Irving, the foremost Shakespearean actor of his day, accompanying him on tours and managing Irving's theater. After Irving's death in 1905, Stoker worked on the literary staff of the London Telegraph. Dracula, his most famous work, was published in 1897. Leonard Wolf is a teacher, an author, a leading translator of Yiddish literature, and an award-winning authority on Gothic literature and film. He has edited such volumes as Wolf's Complete Book of Terror and Blood Thirst: 100 Years of Vampire Literature. Jeffrey Meyers has published forty-five books and 630 articles on literature, film, and art. A distinguished biographer, he's written lives of Hemingway, Lawrence, Conrad, Poe, Fitzgerald, Frost, Orwell, Bogart, and Modigliani. He's had twenty-five works translated into twelve languages and published on six continents. He is one of ten Americans who are Fellows of the Royal Society of Literature, and in 2005 he received an Award in Literature "to honor exceptional achievement" from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Bram Stoker was born in 1847 and died in 1912.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Bram Stoker's the Lady of the Shroud?
Free SF Reader Sep 3, 2007
The story opens with a woman in white, a shroud, in a coffin on the water. A fairly odd sort of a both, that one. A bit of a gothic type of story, here.
This is one of those tales where the odd woman that might be a vampire turns up at your doorway trying out for a full length wet t-shirt contest. However, she only wants help, as she and others have been in an accident.
The protagonist does have a psychic aunt though, for some reason.
(2.5 STARS) Not Exactly a Horror Novel: Stoker's Strange Book about Love and Valor in the Land of Blue Mountains May 27, 2006
`The Lady of the Shroud,' written in 1909 by the author of `Dracula' has been an obscure title, and will remain so forever. The book opens with a stunning sequence with a mysterious lady in a small coffin floating off the coast of the Blue Mountain, fictional country in Balkan Peninsula. Clearly Bram Stoker wrote this surprise opening, part imitating Wilkie Collins's style. (`The Lady of the Shroud' is written in the style of assorted documents like `The Woman in White' and of course, `Dracula.')
However, the intriguing opening soon drifts into very lengthy and boring sequences about the reading of a will, which changes the life of young intrepid Rupert Sent Leger. Rupert inherits enormous amount of money on condition that he help the people of the Blue Mountain and the Balkan acquire the independence from the threatening power surrounding them.
[NOT EXACTLY A GOTHIC NOVEL] But how does the titular `Lady of the Shroud' fit in the story? The scanty Gothic elements are provided by the enigmatic woman who knocks on the window of the Castle of Vissarion in the middle of the night. The beautiful lady in white shroud, soaked to the skin, asks Rupert to allow her to stay in his room, and warm herself. Rupert, suspecting that she might be a vampire, lets her in, and finds himself attracted to the majestic beauty of the lady. But who is she?
The truths about the lady are far from convincing, even far less interesting than the three female vampires in the Castle Dracula. For all the inclusion of such items as deserted church, `second sight' of Rupert's aunt, and very ritualistic midnight marriage, you will be disappointed if you are looking for any occult element in this book. What little Gothic factor in the first part of the book is dispersed in the second half, in which you read, most incredibly, about battleships and aeroplanes. In spite of the unique topics used here, Bram Stoker never succeeds in incorporating these high-tech items into the story, and his bland prose is not imaginative enough to successfully envision the new world of the Balkan nation.
To be honest, I found most part of the book very boring. Stoker throws several interesting things into the book's story, but he doesn't seem to understand that reading about ten or more pages of the minutest (and dull) accounts of the fictional country's coronation ceremony can be hardly attractive. You just cannot do that if you started a book with the `Lady' in the floating coffin. I know it is cruel to say this, but if the book has a merit, it might be that it shows how Stoker failed to realize and re-create the successful formula that worked in `Dracula' written about ten years before.