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  • John William Polidori

    John William Polidori was born on 7th September 1795 in London to Gaetano Polidori, an Italian political émigré scholar, and Anna Maria Pierce, an English governess. He was the eldest of 8 children.From 1804 Polidori was a pupil at the recently formed Ampleforth College. In 1810 he proceeded to the University of Edinburgh, where he wrote a thesis on sleepwalking and received his degree as a doctor of medicine on 1st August 1815. He was 19.In 1816, Dr. Polidori was given the job of Byron's personal physician and accompanied him on a trip through Europe. The publisher John Murray offered Polidori £500 to keep a diary of their travels. At the Villa Diodati, Byron's rented villa at Lake...read more

  • John William Polidori

    John Polidori war der Leibarzt von Lord Byron und begleitete ihn auf einer Reise durch Europa. Am Genfer See lernten sie Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley (Geburtsname Mary Godwin) und deren Stiefschwester Claire Clairmont kennen. Man vertrieb sich die Zeit mit Gesprächen über Galvanismus und über die Möglichkeit, künstliches Leben zu schaffen. Vor dem Kaminfeuer las man sich nachts gegenseitig Schauergeschichten vor. Lord Byron schlug schließlich vor, dass jeder eine eigene Schauergeschichte zur Unterhaltung beisteuern solle. Mary Shelley entwarf daraufhin die Geschichte von "Frankenstein oder Der moderne Prometheus". Lord Byron begann eine Geschichte, die Polidori später als Basis...read more

  • John William Polidori

    Noted as one of the first pieces of literature to feature vampirism effectively, The Vampyre follows the adventures of a wealthy young man named Aubrey who befriends a mysterious, suave nobleman named Lord Ruthven. As Aubrey begins to realize just how dangerous Lord Ruthven is, he discovers that his beloved sister is in the monster's sights. A product of a competition that also produced Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, this classic gothic novella became the foundation of the romantic vampire...read more

  • John William Polidori

    Aubrey, an orphaned young gentleman in possession of a large fortune, arrives in London for the season where he meets the mysterious Lord Ruthven. Aubrey befriends Lord Ruthven and upon discovering that Ruthven is planning a trip to Europe, decides to take his grand tour at the same time and travel with him. The longer Aubrey is with Ruthven the more he discovers about him. He decides to distance himself from Ruthven; but is he already too late to save all that he holds dear from the thirst of the...read more

  • John William Polidori

    The superstition upon which this tale is founded is very general in the East. Among the Arabians, it appears to be common: it did not, however, extend itself to the Greeks until after the establishment of Christianity; and it has only assumed its present form since the division of the Latin and Greek churches. At which time, the idea becoming prevalent that a Latin body could not corrupt if buried in their territory, it gradually increased, and formed the subject of many wonderful stories, still extant, of the dead rising from their graves and feeding upon the blood of the young and beautiful. In the West it spread, with some slight variation, all over Hungary, Poland, Austria, and...read more