The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre [NOOK Book]

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'Upon her neck and breast was blood, and upon her throat were the marks of teeth having opened the vein: - to this the men pointed, crying, simultaneously struck with horror, "a Vampyre, a Vampyre!"'

John Polidori's classic tale of the vampyre was a product of the same ghost-story competition that produced Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Set in Italy, Greece, and London, Polidori's tales is a reaction to the dominating presence of his employer Lord Byron, and transformed the figure of the vampire from the bestial ...
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Overview

'Upon her neck and breast was blood, and upon her throat were the marks of teeth having opened the vein: - to this the men pointed, crying, simultaneously struck with horror, "a Vampyre, a Vampyre!"'

John Polidori's classic tale of the vampyre was a product of the same ghost-story competition that produced Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Set in Italy, Greece, and London, Polidori's tales is a reaction to the dominating presence of his employer Lord Byron, and transformed the figure of the vampire from the bestial ghoul of earlier mythologies into the glamorous aristocrat whose violence and sexual allure make him literally a 'lady-killer'. Polidori's tale introduced the vampire into
English fiction, and launched a vampire craze that has never subsided.

'The Vampyre' was first published in 1819 in the London New Monthly Magazine. The present volume selects thirteen other tales of the macabre first published in the leading London and Dublin magazines between 1819 and 1838, including Edward Bulwer's chilling account of the doppelganger, Letitia Landon's elegant reworking of the Gothic romance, William Carleton's terrifying description of an actual lynching, and James Hogg's ghoulish exploitation of the cholera epidemic of 1831-2.
ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191504419
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 9/11/2008
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,059,680
  • File size: 17 MB
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Acadia University

Goldsmith's College, University of London

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
Chronology of the Magazines
The Vampyre 1
Sir Guy Eveling's Dream 25
Confessions of a Reformed Ribbonman 33
Monos and Daimonos 53
The Master of Logan 63
The Victim 87
Some Terrible Letters from Scotland 99
The Curse 113
Life in Death 129
My Hobby, - Rather 139
The Red Man 143
Post-Mortem Recollections of a Medical Lecturer 165
The Bride of Lindorf 175
Passage in the Secret History of an Irish Countess 201
App. A Preliminaries for The Vampyre 235
App. B Note on The Vampyre 244
App. C Augustus Darvell 246
Biographical Notes 253
Explanatory Notes 257
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