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The Primrose Path

(1875)
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The Primrose Path is an 1875 novel by Bram Stoker. It was the writer's first novel, published 22 years before Dracula and serialized in five installments in The Shamrock, a weekly Irish magazine, from February 6, 1875 to March 6, 1875.
Jerry O'Sullivan, honest Dublin theatrical carpenter, moves to London, seeking a better job. Against the better judgement of the people surrounding him, Jerry decides to go to the metropolis with his faithful wife Katey. O'Sullivan is hired as head carpenter in a squalid theatre in London, but after several misfortunes he is strongly tempted by and eventually brought down by alcohol.

Abraham "Bram" Stoker (8 November 1847 - 20 April 1912) was an Irish novelist and short story writer, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned.
Stoker had a strong interest in science and medicine and a belief in progress. Some of his novels like The Lady of the Shroud (1909) can be seen as early science fiction.
Stoker had an interest in the occult especially mesmerism, but was also wary of occult fraud and believed strongly that superstition should be replaced by more scientific ideas. In the mid-1890s, Stoker is rumoured to have become a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, though there is no concrete evidence to support this claim. One of Stoker's closest friends was J.W. Brodie-Innis, a major figure in the Order, and Stoker himself hired Pamela Coleman Smith, as an artist at the Lyceum Theatre.



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Hardback Editions

March 1999 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Primrose Path (Desert Island Dracula Library)
Author(s): Bram Stoker
ISBN: 1-874287-21-X / 978-1-874287-21-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Desert Island Books Limited
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Paperback Editions

July 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Primrose Path
Author(s): Bram Stoker
ISBN: 1-5151-2143-7 / 978-1-5151-2143-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Kindle Editions

June 2014 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Primrose Path
Author(s): Bram Stoker
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