‘Bram Stoker and the Haunting of Marsh's Library’ is an online version of an exhibition at Marsh’s Library, Dublin.
It describes what the author of Dracula read in our small library as a teenager in 1866 and 1867. Click on the images below to read a short description of each item Stoker requested from the librarian.
Several books Stoker consulted here mention Transylvania and the historical figure of Dracula, but it is unlikely that his trips to this library directly inspired his most famous novel, which was published three decades later.
The books Stoker requested in Marsh’s do explain, though, why the vampires in the Dracula story are killed on 5 November. For many, this was the date on which Britain was saved from evil, with the discovery of Guy Fawkes' plot in 1605 and the invasion by William of Orange in 1688.
You can purchase the beautifully-produced exhibition catalogue via the link below. It provides further details on the context of each item on exhibition. An extended essay explains the importance of Stoker’s interest throughout his life in the books and pamphlets of the seventeenth century.
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Exhibition curated by Jason McElligott
Jason McElligott is the Director of Marsh's Library and Adjunct Professor in the School of History, University College Dublin.
Online version curated by Miriam Roßa
Miriam Roßa is pursuing a B.A. in Library and Information Science at the University of Applied Science at Leipzig in Germany, and was an intern in librarianship at Marsh's Library during 2018/19.
Curatorial and editorial assistance was provided by Renee Letz, who is currently a Library Assistant at the Irish Management Institute.
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