The Vampyre [NOOK Book]

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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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Overview

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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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013201033
  • Publisher: Seven Treasures Publications
  • Publication date: 8/11/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 872,249
  • File size: 87 KB

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

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    A look at literary history to come.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    TO JAKE URGENT!!!!!

    NEXT TIME YOU ARE ON GO TO LED RESULT TWO!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Yue

    Camp moved to 'Vamp' result one!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Yue

    She perked up. "Someone say my name?"

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Kovu

    Watches.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Mocha and Soul

    Mocha lays helpless.
    Soul yells her name and shakes her.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Unknown.

    It gets up and runs off into the woods.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Jacob

    Hsits alonee

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Victoria

    *screams and kicks you off and runs more and limps*

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Mocha and soul

    Mocha tried to block it by using soul when he turne into a scythe but flew back.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Crystal to jacob

    Are u the jacob that dated girl carson?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Jake to Victoria

    Grabs a knife out of his pocket and points it at her

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Unknown

    No u ct take me. Ragnarock screech resanince. The black demon sword smiled and said kapeke d screamed throwing Mocha and soul back.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Victoria

    Please stop Jake im not going to take over this place.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Kala

    (:

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Eh

    It sucked.....yeah i said it.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Few OCR Errors, Some Awkward Writing

    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.

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    Anonymous

    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

    Posted November 28, 2012

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    Posted October 10, 2010

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