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 Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu

Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu

Birth
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Death 7 Feb 1873 (aged 58)
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Burial Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Memorial ID 7067898 · View Source
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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.

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  • Originally Created by: Brian Showers
  • Added: 10 Jan 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7067898
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu (28 Aug 1814–7 Feb 1873), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7067898, citing Mount Jerome Cemetery and Crematorium, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland ; Maintained by Find A Grave .