Ralph Waldo Emerson to E.L. James

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1) was Walt Whitman’s (2) literary hero, who in turn was Bram Stoker’s (3) literary hero, whose Dracula began vampire literature as a genre, of which Stephanie Meyer’s (4) Twilight saga is the most popular contemporary incarnation, from which E.L. James (5) cribbed the characters for the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy.