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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While the story itself is intriguing, the way it is told is so boring. Open Preview See a Problem?

Lo que rescato de este libro, es como un mito se puede hacer realidad, y vampgre la locura y el valor de proteger a una hermana, son claves importantes del terror. Of course, Ruthven is based on Byron. InAmerican playwright Tim Kelly created a drawing room adaptation of The Vampyre for the stage, popular among community theaters and high school drama clubs. Many of the books in our collection have been out of print for decades, and therefore have not been accessible to the general public.

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But the young man soon discovers a sinister character hidden behind his new friend’s glamorous facade. We really need you!!!

John William Polidori

Opposed to him, there is another noble, the young Aubrey, initially vvampyre and eager for adventures, but whose destiny will be marked by the vampire. Thames and Hudson, Before drawing vanpyre last breath, he makes the odd request that Aubrey keep his death and crimes secret for a year and a day.


Why the hell would anyone keep an oath for a year and a day when his sister’s life was at stake? From there to the life sucking monster in The Vampyr, it is a straight line. Another reprint by the same title was printed by Norwood Editions Norwood, Pa. Amazing that such a short story 20 pages in the book I polldori can be so influential.

Polidori is an interesting character himself. Aubery begins to detest the creature, though he is still held in thrall by his domineering personality; he cannot escape and slowly goes insane.

A number of films have depicted John Polidori and the genesis of the Frankenstein and “Vampyre” stories in Polidori named the character “Lord Ruthven” as a joke.

But with the vampyr lore there is a danger that is almost delicious.

His most successful work was the short story ” The Vampyre “the first published modern vampire story. Thus, this story is a work by both of them, and furthermore, the characters Lord Ruthven and Aubrey are based on Lord Byron and Polidori.

Oct 25, Uohn rated it liked it Shelves: However, the term “romantic” is properly applied here.

The Vampyre; A Tale

Too bad the narrator is so insufferable. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Quotes from Lord Ruthven the He gives generously, but only to those who will use his generosity to put themselves in an even worse situation. I had a distant feeling of dislike and disgust for Lord Ruthven, which with more active, vivid writing could have been outright disgust.

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He is a Conservative Prime Minister in the period of the first novel and continues to hold power throughout the 19th Centuries. Most conversations are recorded in narrative, in very long and tedious paragraphs. 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.


Production for the film was slated to begin in latewith filming taking place in the UK, Italy and Greece. The next time they met, Aubrey’s view of him would change irrevocable.

The Vampyre; A Tale by John William Polidori

I’m not going to say Polidori deserves a lot of credit in bringing the vampire into popular culture as his short story is largely forgotten. 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.

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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. View all 8 comments.