The Primrose Path

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The Primrose Path
Author Bram Stoker
Country Ireland
Language English
Genre Novel; Temperance novel
Publisher The Shamrock
Publication date
Media type Print Periodical & (Hardback & Paperback)

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.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

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. Unjustly suspecting his wife of infidelity, he murders her with a hammer and then cuts his throat with a chisel.


  1. ^ Bibliography of Stoker's novels at Bram Stoker Online.


  • Valente, Joseph. Dracula's Crypt: Bram stoker, Irishness, and the Question of Blood. University of Illinois Press: 2002. ISBN 978-0-252-02696-6