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What was Bram Stoker's inspiration for writing Dracula?

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brookyngirl | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 18, 2007 at 9:56 AM via web

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What was Bram Stoker's inspiration for writing Dracula?

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malibrarian | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted December 18, 2007 at 10:19 AM (Answer #1)

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Scholars tend to agree that Stoker's inspiration for writing Dracula was the real-life story of Vlad the Impaler, a notorious historical figure who did horrible things to his captured enemies.  There were also other books written prior to Stoker's book that may have helped influence him, including fables and stories from Transylvania.  Another interesting bit of information is that when Stoker was sick as a child, his mother told him horror stories to keep him entertained.

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diinee | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 27, 2010 at 8:26 AM (Answer #2)

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Vlad Tepez

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