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Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu
Birth: Aug. 28, 1814
Dublin
County Dublin, Ireland
Death: Feb. 7, 1873
Dublin
County Dublin, Ireland

Irish writer of fourteen books, mostly historical fiction. Today he is primarily known for his ghost stories. Son of a clergyman, Le Fanu spent his whole life in Dublin. He attended Trinity College and jointly owned numerous newspapers and magazines. After his wife died, Le Fanu shut himself up in his Merrion Street home to write. He was well-known around Dublin and given the nickname 'The Invisible Prince' for his habit of nocturnal book shopping. Had it not been for ghost story kingpin M.R. James, J. Sheridan Le Fanu would be forgotten today. His most popular novels are "The House By the Churchyard" and "Uncle Silas." Notable ghost stories are "Ghost Stories of Chapelizod," "An Account of Some Strange Disturbances on Aungier Street" and "Green Tea." His short novella "Carmilla" is one of the earliest incarnations of the modern literary vampire and influenced the work of fellow Irishman Bram Stoker. (bio by: Brian Showers) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Susanna Bennett le Fanu (1823 - 1858)*
 
 Children:
  Thomas Philip le Fanu (1847 - 1879)*
 
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Burial:
Mount Jerome Cemetery and Crematorium
Dublin
County Dublin, Ireland
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Brian Showers
Record added: Jan 10, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7067898
Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu
Added by: Brian Showers
 
Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu
Added by: Brian Showers
 
Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu
Added by: Brian Showers
 
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- Tom A. Hawk
 Added: Feb. 7, 2014

- Jackie Howard
 Added: Aug. 28, 2013
A Happy Birthday for a great writer
- David Wend
 Added: Aug. 28, 2013
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