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The Vampyre
     

The Vampyre

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by John William Polidori
 

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The charismatic and sophisticated vampire of modern fiction was born in 1819 with the publication of The Vampyre by John Polidori. The story was highly successful and arguably the most influential vampire work of the early 19th century and it is a progenitor of the romantic vampire genre of fantasy fiction so popular today.

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The charismatic and sophisticated vampire of modern fiction was born in 1819 with the publication of The Vampyre by John Polidori. The story was highly successful and arguably the most influential vampire work of the early 19th century and it is a progenitor of the romantic vampire genre of fantasy fiction so popular today.

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BN ID:
2940013201033
Publisher:
Seven Treasures Publications
Publication date:
08/11/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
700,968
File size:
88 KB

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The Vampyre (Fantasy and Horror Classics) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Ninja_Dog More than 1 year ago
From a millennia of oral folklore comes the inception of the vampire as a literary tradition. Dr. Polidori, while writing a mediocre short story, can take a position of distinction for his penmanship of "The Vampyre." Part of the circle of friends that included Lord Byron, Percy Shelley and his wife, Mary, Polidori became entrenched in a pact to write a tale of horror that was supernatural in subject. While Mary Shelley topped them all with "Frankenstein," Polidori's contribution is considered by literary historians to be an essential precursor to the epochal "Dracula," by Stoker. "The Vampyre" in many ways fails by modern standards. Elements of characterization are sketchy at best, with the occasional sentence doing all the work while buried inside a lumbering narrative. The omision of any real dialogue will also put off a great deal of readers, but this harkens to the origins of the story, to tell to others a brief, fearful tale without the theatrical demand of dialogue. The story ends too soon and is too easily guessed by the experienced reader. Despite all the basic flaws, "The Vampyre" is a worthwhile read for those who seek to study the genre. Descriptions of the antagonist's "dead, grey eye" that fell upon his targets with a "leaden ray" and the monster's ability to "hurl" his surviving victims to the "lowest abyss of infamy and degradation" show us how this genre will unfold 50 and 100 years later. Polidori presents this monster as an effective moral metaphor that reflects the tastes and sensibilities of his time. In fact, Polidori's vampire is more overtly a sexual metaphor than Stoker's, as this Lord Ruthven is given time before the reader to play at being both a creature of elite society and manners and a fiend of the darkness that befouls and destroys women. Most likely, "The Vampyre" won't be your favorite vampire tale, but you should read it simply as a means by which to understand how your favorite tale came about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Internet archive copy OK. Avoid Google scan.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It sucked.....yeah i said it.
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John Nash III More than 1 year ago
But enjoyable nonetheless. The ending was badly rushed, but the atmosphere and flavor of vampirism is very well presented until that point. Optical Character Recognition (turning printed books into computer text) is always hit-or-miss, but the mistakes in this edition are few and easily interpreted.
Soundbyte7 More than 1 year ago
This is the real book but it has quite a few type-o's in it. Once you get passed or see through them it's a good read plus a classic. This is the ORIGINAL vampire novel.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NEXT TIME YOU ARE ON GO TO LED RESULT TWO!!!!