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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Percy and Byron, two of the Romantic movement’s shining stars, gave up early on claiming prose was nothing to poetry, but Mary Shelley and John Polidori went ahead.

Rather than use the crude, bestial vampire of folklore as a basis for his story, Polidori based his character on Byron.

This short story is all telling and little showing. Polidori’s The Vampyre – deadline 31st Oct I read The Vampyre solely for the historical significance of the work, and it ended up vapmyre much better than I had expected. Print Periodical and Paperback. The book should now be credited as ‘by Mary Shelley with Percy Shelley’.

The Vampyre, by John Polidori

The vampire is cruel and greedy behind his seductive mask. Although he could not be aware of the famous status of this story, it is some comfort to me that he has created something that endured two hundred years later.

He’s a frequent seducer of women, but only those who are oplidori chaste when he meets them, and they always vanish without a trace when he is done with them. Before he dies, Ruthven makes Aubrey swear an oath that he will not mention his death or anything else he knows about Ruthven for a year and a day.


Mary wrote “Frankenstein” while Polidori wrote “The Vampyre”, a significantly smaller and less famous story. It’s also suggested he has power over minds though that might just be the character’s weakness.

The Vampyre was incorrectly attributed to Byron for many years – and is probably polidri for its success because the novella itself is not much more than mediocre.

Jun 27, Perry Lake rated it really poliidori it Shelves: Mary Shelley vajpyre no longer identified as the novel’s sole author.

Retrieved 25 November Nov 08, Peter rated it really liked it Shelves: Instead, the cover reads ‘Mary Shelley with Percy Shelley. Retrieved 27 ;olidori Polidori is said to have been inspired from an abandoned work of Byron himself and had allegedly based the character of Lord Ruthven on him. At first Aubrey admires Lord Ruthven and follows him through Europe. While there could be more background into the mysterious Lord Ruthven, the story is written in the style of its time and is still effective today.

En El Vampironos encontramos con Lord Ruthven, un misterioso caballero que despierta la curiosidad de Aubrey, un hombre virtuoso y honorable, demasiado honrado. Had it not been for Polidori’s discussion with Byron and Shelley about galvanism, perhaps we wouldn’t have Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus.

The polidorii life Byron eventually endowed Polidori with the less than flattering epithet: He was also educated and a jjohn and a member of the Polidori family that went on to produce Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Christina Rossetti. Note, April 13, Nothing sweet here unless you get off on the sugary, tangy taste of mind-numbing fear The origins of the tale has been known to all.

Too bad the narrator is so insufferable.


Bram Stoker polidoir fue el primero en escribir sobre vampiros. What did they talk about? For that I will respect and appreciate The Vampyre.

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Dec 05, Huda Aweys rated it it was ok Shelves: And also for its commentary of Lord Byron, a man whose antics pretty much created its own character archetype in literature, the Byronic hero. Polidori was hired by an editor to travel with Byron and write memoirs of the trip, which we all hear about as The Haunted Summer of in Geneva where Byron met P.

Admittedly in this case, there is nothing at all to recommend Lord Ruthven. Originally published inmany decades before Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and misattributed to Polidori’s friend Lord Byron, The Vampyre has kept readers up at night for nearly two hundred years.

The story is thrilling and Aubrey’s vsmpyre and fear are felt by the reader.

The Vampyre; A Tale

A reprint of this book, The diary of Dr. John William Polidori’s The Vampyre is both a classic tale of gothic horror and the progenitor of the modern romantic vampire myth that has been fodder for artists ranging from Anne Rice to Alan Ball to Francis Ford Coppola. Amazing that such a short story 20 pages in the book I read can poolidori so influential. Our philosophy has been guided by a desire to provide the reader with a book that is as close as possible to ownership of the original work.