A look at the friendship between Bram Stoker and Walt Whitman:

“When Stoker finally got his chance, Whitman did not disappoint. ‘I found him all that I had ever dreamed of, or wished for in him: large-minded, broad-viewed, tolerant to the last degree; incarnate sympathy; understanding with an insight that seemed more than human.’ They spoke as old friends and traded gossip about mutual acquaintances in Dublin. ‘Before we parted he asked me to come see him at his home in Camden whenever I could manage it. Need I say that I promised.’ Whitman found much to like about Stoker too, calling him ‘an adroit lad.’ ‘He’s like a breath of good, healthy, breezy sea air,’ he told Donaldson.”