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Bram Stoker: Google doodles for Dracula creator

Last updated on: November 08, 2012 10:54 IST
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The search giant is celebrating the Irish novelist's 165th birthday with the doodle.

Today, Google paid a tribute to Irish novelist Bram Stoker with a doodle of his best known character on its home page.

Count Dracula had been the author's most celebrated works in literary and film history and served a befitting choice to celebrate his 165th anniversary. Even the lettering of Google seeks inspiration from the lettering on the cover of the first edition of his book Dracula which was published in the year 1897.

Born in Dublin on November 8, 1847, Stoker had graduated in mathematics honours from Trinity College, Dublin in the year 1870.

In the following years, Stoker who nursed a passion for arts as a child, chose to work as a theatre critic for the Dublin Evening Mail.

These were times when the profession was held in low self esteem. Soon, his reviews came to be noticed and he moved on to writing short stories and novels.

Some of his notable works being short stories like The Crystal Cup and The Shamrock, besides a non-fiction book titled The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland, which was published in 1879.

On April 20, 1912, Stoker breathed his last in London. Ironically, it was his story collection titled Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Stories published in 1914 by Stoker's widow Florence Stoker that escalated his fame.

The book was also adapted into the film Nosferatu directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau which was released in 1922.