Abraham “Bram” Stoker, who published the classic horror novel Dracula (originally titled “The Un-dead”), married Oscar Wilde’s first girlfriend, Florence Balcombe.
James Joyce’s first date with Nora Barnacle, a chambermaid from Galway City, was June 16, 1904. That date was immortalized in Ulysses (now known as Bloomsday, celebrated in Dublin and many cities around the world), published in 1922. They married in London in 1931. Barnacle once remarked to her husband: “Why don’t you write books people can read?”
David Herbert Richards Lawrence (D. H. Lawrence), author of such classics as Women in Love and Lady Chatterly’s Lover, was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England. Fellow British author Edward Morgan Forster (E. M. Forster) hailed Lawrence as “the greatest imaginative novelist of our generation.” Due to a twist of fate, he is buried in a chapel east of Taos, New Mexico. True literary irony.
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For further reading: 1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off by John Lloyd (2013)