The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Vampyre; A Tale, by John William Polidori This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no. The Vampyre [John Polidori] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. One of the first vampire stories by John Polidori, a friend of Lord Byron. Written at the same gathering at which Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, Polidori’s “The Vampyre” is a short story of convoluted but beautiful sentences, mostly.

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In this case, the vampire is an English nobleman, Lord Ruthven, apparently devoted to a dissolute life, but actually interested to feeding on the women of the London upper class.

The young Lord Aubrey meets the strange and compelling Lord Ruthven, who seems to spread moral and mortal suffering wherever he goes.

The Vampyre; A Tale

A Fragment”, and in “two or three idle mornings” produced “The Vampyre”. In my edition project GuttenbergI found an extract which serves as an introduction to the story. Lord Byron to Count DraculaLondon: All the mental torture did nothing for me. To ensure a high quality product, each title has been meticulously hand curated by our staff. The contents of the vast majority of titles in the Classic Library have been scanned from the original works.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. They decided to write a horror-story. The Vampyre is a groundbreaking work worth reading. The story has its genesis in the summer ofthe Year Without a Summerwhen Europe and parts of North America underwent a severe climate abnormality.

This is a historical moment. Unfortunately, although the style is very elegant and refined, history has not captured me. It’s interesting to know that while Lord Ruthven does fulfill the traditional model of a vampire, he’s an aristocrat with strange hypnotic and powers of attraction, but he is immune to the sun. Fueled by ghost stories such as the FantasmagorianaWilliam Beckford ‘s Vathek and quantities of laudanumMary Shelley, in collaboration with Percy Bysshe Shelley, [4] produced what would become Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus.


Fragment of a Novel Letters Memoirs.

It’s hard to say much overall about this story. Mary Shelley worked on a tale with her husband that would later evolve into Frankenstein.

John William Polidori

He was one of the earliest pupils at recen John William Polidori was an Italian English physician and writer, known for his associations jkhn the Romantic movement and credited by some as the creator of the vampire genre of fantasy fiction. Vampyer Vampire novella ” Fragment of a Novel “. But when Ruthven resurfaces in London-making overtures toward Aubrey’s sister-Aubrey realizes this immortal fiend is a vampyre.

Want to Read saving…. This page was last edited on 27 Octoberat Ruthven then begins to seduce Aubrey’s sister while Aubrey, helpless to protect his sister, has a nervous breakdown. Polidori transformed the vampire from a character in folklore into the form that is recognized today—an aristocratic fiend who preys among high society. His long, Byron-influenced theological poem The Fall of the Angelswas published anonymously in The editor in my edition flatly accuses him of plagiarism, and it’s a fair cop.

Aubrey returns to London and is amazed when Ruthven appears shortly thereafter, alive and well. Jun 27, Perry Lake rated it really liked it Shelves: Had it not been for Polidori’s discussion with Byron and Shelley about galvanism, perhaps we wouldn’t have Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. Aubrey, a young Englishman, meets Lord Ruthvena man of mysterious origins who has entered London society.

The Vampyre; A Tale by John William Polidori

The aim of our publishing program is to facilitate rapid access to this vast reservoir of literature, and our view is that this is a significant literary work, which deserves to be brought back into print after many decades. Aubery is shocked to discover that such a creature desires his company.


Before drawing his last breath, polidorii makes the odd request that Aubrey keep his death and crimes secret for a year and a day. Just before he dies, Aubrey writes a letter to his sister revealing Polidkri history, but it does not arrive in time. Ashe and is scheduled for release in October Thames and Hudson, The story was an immediate popular success, partly because of the Byron attribution and partly because it exploited the gothic horror predilections of the public.

Although originally and erroneously accredited to Lord Byronboth Byron and Polidori affirmed that the story is Polidori’s. He had three brothers and four sisters. He was smart as can be, young, young, and very handsome.

The Vampyre, by John Polidori

We really need you!!! I have little doubt that Lord Ruthven was inspired by Lord Byron. Amazing that such a short story 20 pages in the book I read can be so influential. Since the first time I read Dracula, I have heard of this short gothic story as the first example of the modern figure of the vampire. Just a moment while we sign johj in to your Goodreads account.

Note, April 13, It’s a chilling story with one of the most memorable fictional vampires in literature, and if Polidori had been a slightly better writer, it would still be remembered as fondly as Dracula.

Published January 2nd by Echo Library first published April 1st In the Anno Dracula universe he becomes a prominent figure in British politics following the ascent of Dracula to power. The Vampyr lays the groundwork and establishes many of the themes that we have now come to associate with this legend.