Bram Stoker, Dracula (1897)
Bram Stoker was born in Ireland, to Irish parents, which made him automatically lower class as far as “real” English writers were concerned. He came to England after his marriage (he married Oscar Wilde’s girlfriend – more on this later), and entered into the world of the London stage, particularly the theater owned by Henry Irving, one of the great actor/managers of the time. Stoker eventually became Irving’s business manager. He was also his lifelong friend.
Henry Irving may well have also been the inspiration for the character Dracula – Irving was manipulative and demanding, and by all accounts Stoker was mesmerized by him. In fact, it’s probably not too much to say Stoker loved him.