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Polidori, John William 1795-1821

Overview
Works: 183 works in 545 publications in 12 languages and 10,300 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Gothic fiction  Horror fiction  Short stories  Biography  Diaries  Horror tales  Juvenile works  Drama  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author, Creator, Other, Bibliographic antecedent, Lyricist
Classifications: PR3757.W2, 823.6
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The vampyre : a tale by John William Polidori( )

121 editions published between 1819 and 2019 in 10 languages and held by 2,435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Vampyre is a short story written by John William Polidori and first published in 1819. Christopher Frayling wrote that it was "the first story successfully to fuse the disparate elements of vampirism into a coherent literary genre." The work quickly became a popular success, exploiting the public's penchant for gothic horror and transforming the mythology of the vampire from a creature of folklore to an aristocratic fiend preying on society
The castle of Otranto; a Gothic story by Horace Walpole( Book )

4 editions published in 1966 in English and held by 681 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

THE CASTLE OF OTRANTO BY HORACE WALPOLE; VATHEK BY WILLIAM BECKFORD; THE VAMPYRE BY JOHN POLIDORI; AND A FRAGMENT OF A NOVEL BY LORD BYRON
The vampyre ; and, Ernestus Berchtold, or, The modern Oedipus : collected fiction of John William Polidori by John William Polidori( Book )

6 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The vampyre and other writings by John William Polidori( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"So Polidori (1795-1821) records one of the most famous storytelling evenings in English literature, the stormy night at the Villa Diodati that was the source of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and his own tale The Vampyre, as well as his Gothic novel Ernestus Berchtold. Polidori's still-compelling works, included here in full, created figures of seductive evil that continue to exert a powerful hold over literature and popular culture. In addition, this collection makes available some of Polidori's lesser-known works such as his medical thesis on nightmares, his essay on the death penalty, his poetry and diary. Many of these have not been republished since the nineteenth century."
The diary of Dr. John William Polidori, 1816, relating to Byron, Shelley, etc by John William Polidori( Book )

23 editions published between 1911 and 2014 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John William Polidori (1795-1821) was, for a brief period, the personal physician to Lord Byron. Half Italian, he was the uncle of the Rossetti siblings, and it was William Michael Rossetti, in his role as family recorder, who published Polidori's manuscript diary after nearly a century, in 1911. This account of his time with Byron (which ended two months later when they quarrelled and parted company) is the only contemporary account of the few weeks, crucial to the development of the Romantic movement, during which Mary Shelley's Frankenstein arose from a storytelling competition at the Villa Diodati. Polidori's later career as a physician and writer was hampered by a severe accident in 1817 which left him with brain damage. His most famous work, The Vampyre, was published in 1819, but attributed to Byron, leading both men to threaten the publisher with lawsuits. Polidori died (probably a suicide) two years later
The vampyre, and other tales of the macabre by John William Polidori( Book )

10 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Polidori's classic tale of the vampyre including thirteen other tales of the macabre
Ernestus Berchtold; or, the modern Œdipus. : a tale. by John William Polidori( )

11 editions published in 1819 in English and German and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El vampiro by John William Polidori( )

15 editions published between 1824 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The vampyre : a tale ; and Ernestus Berchtold, or, The modern Oedipus by John William Polidori( Book )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The vampyre, 1819 by John William Polidori( Book )

9 editions published between 1990 and 2001 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contes de vampires by John William Polidori( Book )

2 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in French and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comment échappe-t-on à un vampire ? C'est cette angoissante question que sont contraints de se poser tous les personnages de ces nouvelles. Aubrey peut-il empêcher lord Ruthven de s'en prendre à sa jeune soeur ? Romuald peut-il résister à la belle Clarimonde qui, chaque nuit, l'entraîne dans une existence de plaisirs et de débauche contraire à ses voeux pieux ? Luigi peut-il sauver sa femme et son enfant des griffes d'un revenant furieux ?
Ximenes, the wreath : and other poems by John William Polidori( Book )

4 editions published in 1819 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Vampyre by John William Polidori( )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Author of Vampyre, possibly the first work of the vampire genre of fantasy fiction. Polidori went in 1810 to Edinburgh University, where he received his degree as a doctor of medicine on August 1, 1815 at the age of 19. In 1816 he entered Lord Byron's service as his personal physician. In 1816, Doctor Polidori accompanied Byron on a trip through Europe. In Geneva, Switzerland, the pair met with Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, and her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, and their companion Clair Clairmont. One night in June, after the company had read aloud from a collection of horror tales, Byron suggested that they each write a ghost story. Mary Shelley worked on a tale that would later evolve into Frankenstein. Byron wrote (and quickly abandoned) a fragment of a story, which Polidori used later as inspiration for his own tale. Rather than use the crude, bestial vampire of folklore as a basis for his story, Polidori based his character on Byron. Polidori named the character "Lord Ruthven" as a joke. The name was originally used in Lady Caroline Lamb's novel Glenarvon, in which a thinly-disguised Byron figure was also named Lord Ruthven. Polidori's Lord Ruthven was not only the first vampire in English fiction, but was the first fictional vampire in the form we recognize today - an aristocratic fiend who preyed among high society. Polidori's story, The Vampyre, was published in the April 1819 issue of New Monthly Magazine. Much to both his and Byron's chagrin, The Vampyre was released as a new work by Byron. Byron even released his own Fragment of a Novel in an attempt to clear up the mess, but, for better or worse, The Vampyre continued to be attributed to him
The vampire by Les Martin( Book )

5 editions published between 1989 and 1997 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young Englishman traveling on the Continent with the mysterious Lord Rutven comes to realize that his companion is an evil and murderous vampire
The vampyre, and other works : selected writings by John William Polidori( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Después del crepúsculo : los mejores cuentos de vampiros( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in Spanish and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Diary, 1816, relating to Byron, Shelley, etc. Edited and elucidated by William Michael Rossetti by John William Polidori( )

4 editions published between 1911 and 2008 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fall of the angels a sacred poem by John William Polidori( )

2 editions published in 1821 in Undetermined and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Castle of Otranto / three gothic novels / edited by E.F. Bleiler by Horace Walpole( Book )

1 edition published in 1966 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The vampyre, the werewolf and other gothic tales of horror by John William Polidori( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The vampyre : a tale
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The castle of Otranto; a Gothic storyThe vampyre ; and, Ernestus Berchtold, or, The modern Oedipus : collected fiction of John William PolidoriThe vampyre and other writingsThe vampyre, and other tales of the macabreErnestus Berchtold; or, the modern Œdipus. : a tale.The vampyre : a tale ; and Ernestus Berchtold, or, The modern OedipusThe vampyre, 1819The Vampyre
Alternative Names
John Polidori britischer Schriftsteller

John Polidori britisk skribent

John Polidori brittisk författare

John Polidori écrivain britannique

John Polidori scriitor britanic

John Polidori scrittore e medico britannico

John William Polidori britisk skribent

John William Polidori Brits schrijver

John Willliam Polidori

Polidori John

Polidori John 1795-1821

Polidori, John W.

Polidori, John W. 1795-1821

Polidori, John William

Polidori, John William 1785-1821

Джон Полідорі

Полидори Д. В

Полидори Д. В. 1795-1821

Полидори, Джон

Полидори, Джон британский писатель

폴리도리, 존 1795-1821

폴리도리, 존 윌리엄 1795-1821

ジョン・ポリドリ

ポリドリ

ポリドリ, J

約翰·威廉·波里道利

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