Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Irish novelist Joseph sheridan Le Fanu was born - 1814

Irish novelist Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu was born on August 28, 1814 in Dublin, Ireland. He is considered by many to be the father of the Victorian ghost story and is best known for his novel Uncle Silas (1864) and novella Carmilla (1872). These and other works would contribute to defining the horror genre and probably influenced Bram Stoker in his writing of Dracula. In 1833 Le Fanu entered Trinity College, Dublin to study law, graduating in 1839. He never practiced law, but instead embarking on a career in journalism. He joined the staff of the Dublin University magazine. In 1838 Le Fanu's first story The Ghost and the Bonesetter was published. Many of his short stories were to form the basis for his future novels, some of them appearing anonymously. In 1844 Le Fanu married Susanna Bennett with whom he had 4 children. In 1851 Le Fanu and Susanna moved to their house on Merrion Square, Dublin, where he remained until his death. Ghost Stories and Tales of Mystery was published that same year and The Mysterious Lodger in 1850. In the year 1858 Le Fanu's wife Susanna died and he became a recluse, setting to work in his most productive and successful years as a writer. With two candles for light while nocturnally writing, he was to become a major figure of 19th century supernaturalism. During this time he wrote numerous novels that included Wylder's Hand (1864), Guy Deverell (1865), The Tenants of Malory (1867), The Green Tea (1869), The Haunted Baronet (1870), Mr. Justice Harbottle (1872), The Room in the Dragon Volant (1872) and In a Glass Darkly (1872). Le Fanu died on February 7, 1873 in Merrion Square and was buried in Mount Jerome Cemetery, Dublin, Ireland.

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