English Blood, Irish Heart

Seed #3: Irish Literary Life and Stoker

He had some boss friends

George Francis Fitzgerald
1851-1901
Irish professor of “natural and experimental philosophy” (i.e. , physics and chemistry) at Trinity College Dublin.

Lady Jane Francesca Agnes Wilde
1820-1896
Poet, advocate for women’s rights; mother of Oscar.

Sir William Robert Wills Wilde
1815-1876
Ireland’s leading ear & eye surgeon, knighted for his service to medicine; author, angler & outdoorsman; father of Oscar.

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde
1854-1900
Poet, novelist, and playwright, shameless self-promoter & leader of the so-called aesthetic movement, Oscar was romantically involved with young Florence Balcombe prior to her marriage to Bram Stoker.

Francis Frankfort Moore
1855- 1931
Very popular & prolific writer & satirist, married to Alice Grace Balcombe,
sister of Florence Balcombe Stoker.
“I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day.”

Walter Fredrick Osborne
1859 – 1903
Born in Rathmines, son of William Osborne, also an artist.
Impressionist landscape and portrait painter, who it was said, bowled well enough to have made a living by cricket. Close friend of Bram & Thornley, he painted many members of the Stoker family.

Edward Dowden
1843 – 1913
Irish Poet and Professor of English Literature and Oratory
Bram Stoker’s mentor at Trinity College Dublin.
In his first book, Shakespeare: His Mind and Art, Dowden wrote, “Even though death end all, these things at least are – beauty and force, purity, sin, and love, and anguish and joy. These things are, and therefore life cannot be a little idle whirl of dust.”

Hester Dowden Travers Smith
1868 – 1949
Daughter of Edward Dowden, married to a well-respected Dublin physician. A Spiritualist and professional medium, who practiced internationally. Communicated with Shakespeare, and published a book on her spirit world conversations with Oscar Wilde

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