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24 June 1999

A major collection of papers and other materials relating to Abraham ('Bram') Stoker (1847-1912, author of Dracula) and the Stoker family has been acquired by the Trinity College Library.

The collection contains papers and family photographs. Among them are personal, legal and professional papers of Bram's brothers, including those of the prominent surgeon, Sir Thornley Stoker, and 19th century family photographs and material relating to t he family of Bram's wife, Florence Balcombe, whom he married in 1878.

An exhibition of items from the collection will be on display in the Long Room in Trinity College for the month of July 1999.

In recent years, the collection has been in the possession of Bram Stoker's great-grandson, Mr Noel Dobbs. The papers will now form an important body of new material for biographers of the writer.

Among the Bram Stoker papers already held by the Trinity College Library is an autographed, incomplete manuscript of the book 'Famous Impostors' and various letters.

Speaking at the announcement of this latest acquisition, Dr Bernard Meehan, the Library's Keeper of Manuscripts, said, "We are continually looking to expand our collection of material on Irish writers and I am particularly pleased that we have acquired th is collection, as Bram Stoker graduated from Trinity in 1870. We are grateful to Noel Dobbs for his co-operation and goodwill in ensuring this valuable material was acquired by Trinity College Library and can be made available to researchers."

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