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He had three brothers and four sisters. Abovian Alencar Alfieri Andersen A. My vampire has hair growing out of his palms and calls sweetly to the wolves at midnight. Just before he dies, Aubrey writes a letter to his sister revealing Ruthven’s history, but it does not arrive in time.

My fascination rests with the creature of vamphre undead, shrouded in darkness and legend, surrounded by hushed voices and hear-says. Some even went so far as to say that it was Iohn greatest work.

The Vampyre; a Tale by John William Polidori

He doesn’t want to be a nice person. But Polidori was not a writer by profession, he was a doctor, and williamm cranked this out in a couple of days.

How much of John William Polidori’s work have you seen? View all 4 comments. Too late, and Aubrey’s sister is doomed. Dismissed by Byron, Polidori travelled in Italy and then returned to England. Despite strong evidence that he committed suicide by means of prussic acid cyanidethe coroner gave a verdict of death by natural causes. Despite an almost non-existent dialogue the prose isn’t heavy at all.


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. A Soap Opera miniseries. The origins of the tale has been known to all. Ruthven and Aubrey’s sister are engaged to marry on the day the oath ends.

Hitherto, Aubrey had had no opportunity of studying Lord Ruthven’s character, and now he found, that, though many more of his actions were exposed to his view, the results offered different conclusions from the apparent motives to his conduct.

William Michael Rossetti published Polidori’s journal in Willizm using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Willia, Shelley and I had a conversation about principles – whether man was to be thought merely an instrument. 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.

My fascination rests with the creature of the undead, shrouded in darkness and legend, surrounded by hushed voices and hear-says I love vampires. For fans of historical gothic fiction only, otherwise you will be tremendously bored.

But the young man soon discovers a sinister character hidden behind his new friend’s glamorous facade. He is a Conservative Prime Minister in the period of the first novel and continues to hold power throughout the 19th Centuries. Few authors would have williwm courage to end their story as Polidori does, which is a shame. Rather than use the crude, bestial vampire of folklore as a basis for his story, Polidori based his character on Byron.

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The Vampyre

All the mental torture did nothing for me. We, in India, have our own vampyr legend known as Baital. But when Ruthven resurfaces in London-making overtures toward Aubrey’s sister-Aubrey realizes this immortal fiend is a vampyre.


The Vampyr lays the groundwork and establishes many of the themes that we have now come to associate with this legend. And also for its commentary of Lord Byron, a man whose antics pretty much created its own character archetype in literature, the Byronic hero.

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.

Old authors had a way about descriptions and making the most exciting things appear soulless. Opposed to him, there is another noble, the young Aubrey, initially naive and eager for adventures, but whose destiny will be marked by the vampire. His unknown origin and curious behavior tantalizes Aubrey’s imagination.

Books by John William Polidori. What’s most important is good, very good. While the story itself is intriguing, the way it is told is so boring. PaperbackLarge Print72 pages. Mary Shelley received extensive help in writing Frankenstein from her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, a leading academic has claimedTelegraph, Charles E.

Aubrey follows Ruthven about until after Ruthven kills Aubrey’s love in Greece. This created a distance between the characters in this story and myself.

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