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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Lists with This Book. The book should now be credited as ‘by Mary Shelley with Percy Shelley’. Polidori’s fe The history of this short story might be even more intriguing than the actual writing itself. The Vampire ;olidori ” Fragment of a Novel “.

The name of the work’s protagonist, ” Lord Ruthven “, added to this assumption, for that name was originally used in Lady Caroline Lamb ‘s novel Glenarvon from the same publishervampure which a thinly-disguised Byron figure was also named Lord Ruthven.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It’s hard to say much overall about this story.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This short story is immensely influential. I particularly enjoyed the first encounter of vampyre in Greece.

Despite strong evidence that he committed suicide by means of prussic acid, the coroner gave a verdict of death by natural causes. But the pure evil for evil’s sake vampire was kind of fun, I will admit.

Another reprint by the same title was printed by Norwood Editions Norwood, Pa. Had it not been for Polidori’s discussion with Byron and Shelley about galvanism, perhaps we wouldn’t have Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. He died in Augustweighed down by depression and gambling debts. Most conversations are recorded in narrative, in very long and tedious paragraphs. His sister Charlotte made a transcription of his Diaries, but censored “peccant passages” and destroyed the original.


On the inside and all the way down to his gooey, undead center, Lord Ruthven is a walking, talking warehouse of evil, corruption and sadism and there is not a single redeeming aspect to his personality. See 1 question about The Vampyre; A Tale…. 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.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikisource. The young Lord Aubrey meets the strange and compelling Lord Ruthven, who seems to spread moral and mortal suffering wherever he goes.

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

Dolina Jorgovana Absolutely not Aubrey. The Vampyr lays the groundwork and establishes many of ojhn themes that we have now come to associate with this legend.

Polidori’s long, Byron-influenced theological poem The Fall of the Angels was published anonymously in My fascination rests with the creature of the undead, shrouded in darkness and legend, surrounded by hushed voices and hear-says. Quotes from Lord Ruthven the Many of the books in our collection have been out of print for polixori, and therefore have not been accessible to the general public. They decided to write a horror-story. A number of films have depicted John Polidori and the genesis of the Frankenstein and “Vampyre” stories in Note, April 13, One night in June, after the company had read aloud from Fantasmagorianaa French collection of German horror tales, Byron suggested they each write a ghost story.

One of the earliest vampire tales ever! 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. What did they talk about? Here we notice some of the attributes famous to vampires these days.


It does rely on one character valuing his word of honor above all else, including another’s johhn, but I’m willing to accept that as an historical artifact. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. View all 3 comments.

The Vampyre; A Tale

A Soap Operabased on the opera Der Vampyr by Heinrich Marschner and the Polidori story, was filmed and broadcast on BBC 2 on December 2,with the Lord Ruthven character’s name changed to “Ripley”, who is frozen in the late eighteenth century but revives in modern times and becomes a successful businessman.

Ruthven is an amoral, egoistic, aloof character supposedly seductively appealing to women, and can be seen as a Byronic antihero in something of the typical Romantic mold, into which his vampirism vvampyre very well; and he set a kind of pattern for the aristocratic male vampires in the classical vampire fiction tradition that would follow.

Aubrey does not connect Ruthven with the murder and rejoins him in his travels. Nothing sweet here unless you get off on the sugary, tangy taste of mind-numbing fear Ruthven marries Aubrey’s sister. I had a distant feeling of dislike and disgust for Lord Ruthven, which with more active, vivid writing could have been outright disgust.

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. Polidori’s work had an immense impact on contemporary sensibilities and ran through numerous editions and translations.

Books by John William Polidori.