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The merciful women

Author: Federico Andahazi
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"In the summer of 1816, Percy and Mary Shelley, Mary's sister, and Lord Byron hid themselves inside a Swiss villa, whiling away rainy afternoons with a Gothic novel writing contest. In Andahazi's reimagining, there was a fifth competitor...John Polidori, Byron's manservant, a talentless would-be writer resentful of the ease of his master's life. Through a Faustian pact with an unseen intercessant, Polidori obtains  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Occult fiction
Alternative histories (Fiction)
Fiction
Named Person: John William Polidori; Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; Percy Bysshe Shelley; George Gordon Byron Byron, Baron; Clara Mary Jane Clairmont; George Gordon Byron Byron, Baron; Clara Mary Jane Clairmont; John William Polidori; Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; Percy Bysshe Shelley
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Federico Andahazi
ISBN: 0802116744 9780802116741
OCLC Number: 43913158
Description: 188 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Other Titles: Piadosas.
Responsibility: Federico Andahazi ; translated from the Spanish by Alberto Manguel.

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"In the summer of 1816, Percy and Mary Shelley, Mary's sister, and Lord Byron hid themselves inside a Swiss villa, whiling away rainy afternoons with a Gothic novel writing contest. In Andahazi's reimagining, there was a fifth competitor...John Polidori, Byron's manservant, a talentless would-be writer resentful of the ease of his master's life. Through a Faustian pact with an unseen intercessant, Polidori obtains the most compelling vampire story ever written, which he will read aloud the night Mary Shelley first unveils Frankenstein." -- Jacket.

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