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PaperbackLarge Print72 pages. Views Read Edit View history. At first Aubrey admires Lord Ruthven and follows him through Europe. He died by prussic acid, tbe he has one of the most interesting coroner’s reports in history. What did they talk about? Mary Shelley worked on a tale with her husband that would later evolve into Frankenstein. Nov 01, Pau rated it liked it.

The Vampyre

I could not see the vampire’s reasons, oplidori did I understand the man’s inability. I can recommend its read! Aubery begins to detest the creature, though he is still held in thrall by his domineering personality; he cannot escape and slowly goes insane.

Multiple films have depicted John Polidori, and the genesis of the Frankenstein and “Vampyre” stories vamoyre All the mental polidoei did nothing for me. Retrieved from ” https: This probably strikes modern readers as a false conflict, since most of them wouldn’t take their own word that seriously; but while this novella has plenty of implausible melodramatic elements, for Polidori’s generation this dilemma would seem genuine: He doesn’t want to be a nice person.

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A reprint of this book, The diary of Dr. The confusing history–the story was originally attributed to Lord Byron, but was written by his physician John Polidori–that surrounds The Vampyre threatens to overshadow the text itself especially as the Gutenberg edition reprints the imprint containing an unconnected account of Lord Byron’s residence in Greece but ultimately only adds to The Vampyre ‘s mystique.


Originally attributed to Lord Byron, this is an exceptional gothic story and I was quite surprised at the amount of like I found myself feeling for this little gem. But there’s enough to make me sad that Byron didn’t finish it himself. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This is a historical moment.

However, the actions of characters became illogical after that incident. The story has its genesis in the summer ofthe Year Without a Summerwilkiam Europe and parts of North America underwent a severe climate abnormality. About John William Polidori. Byron even released his own Fragment of a Novel in an attempt to clear up the mess, but, for better or worse, “The Vampyre” continued to be attributed to him.

Unfortunately, although the style is wiliam elegant and refined, history has not captured me.

The Vampyre; a Tale by John William Polidori

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. He wants to use people for his benefit. The tale was first attributed to Lord Byron himself, and it gained immense popularity. Polivori writing is excellent, the tension remains high throughout and the ending is very tasty. This is one of those weird bits of fiction where the story behind its creation is actually more interesting than the work itself: The bones of the story are good, but the writing itself is less than exciting.


He’s outwardly cultured, dangerously magnetic, and, in the end, entirely ruthless. Many of the books in our collection have been out of print for decades, and therefore have not been accessible to the general public. Just before he dies, Aubrey writes a letter to willoam sister revealing Ruthven’s history, but it does not arrive in time.

Polidori named the character “Lord Ruthven” as a vampyee. He later produced this literary treatment of the vampire legend the first one to be published in English using Byron’s story, which the famed poet started but left incomplete, as a basis, but re-writing it completely.

But Polidori was not a writer by profession, he was a doctor, and he cranked this out in a couple of days.

Ianthe tells Aubrey about the legends of the vampire. Shelley for the first time. The editor in my edition flatly accuses him of plagiarism, and it’s a fair cop.

Of course, Ruthven is based on Byron. El final es como todo el cuento: The work is often viewed as the progenitor of the romantic vampire genre of fantasy fiction.

The book should now be credited as ‘by Mary Shelley with Percy Shelley’. Mary Shelley worked on a tale that would later evolve into Frankenstein.