Rabon was born in Lodz, Poland, to an impoverished, slum-dwelling family. His literary output was meager, consisting of two volumes of prose fiction and one book of poems. Nevertheless, these works have become recognized for the light they shed on the urban lumpenproletariat of pre-Holocaust Poland, as well as for their purely literary qualities. In both style and subject matter, Rabon's fiction is influenced by the works of the Norwegian novelist Knut Hamsun.
Bram Stokerwas born in Dublin in 1847. After attending Dublin University, he spent ten years as an Irish civil servant, trying to keep up his writing in his free time. Dracula, his most famous work, was published in 1897. Stoker died in 1912.