Vambéry, Arminius (1832–1913)
Hungarian historian and world traveler who may have communicated
to author Bram Stoker the facts and legends concerning
the real Prince Dracula (Vlad V), who supplied the inspiration
for Stoker’s famous occult thriller. Stoker and
Vambéry met at the Beefsteak Club on April 30, 1890, after a
performance of Henry Irving in the play The Dead Heart, and
also two years later at Trinity College, Dublin, where Vambéry
was presented with an honorary degree.
Sources
Adler, Lory, and Richard Dalby. The Dervish of Windsor Castle.
London Bachman & Turner, 1979.
Melton, J. Gordon. The Vampire Book An Encyclopedia of the
Undead. Detroit Gale Research, 1994.
Vambéry, Arminius. The Story of My Struggles The Memoirs of
Arminius Vambéry. 2 vols. New York, 1904; London T. F.
Unwin, 1905.