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    Description'Upon her neck and breast was blood, and upon her throat were the marks of teeth having opened the vein: - to this the men pointed, crying, simultaneously struck with horror, "a Vampyre, a Vampyre!"' John Polidori's classic tale of the vampyre was a product of the same ghost-story competition that produced Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Set in Italy, Greece, and London, Polidori's tales is a reaction to the dominating presence of his employer Lord Byron, and transformed the figure of the vampire from the bestial ghoul of earlier mythologies into the glamorous aristocrat whose violence and sexual allure make him literally a 'lady-killer'. Polidori's tale introduced the vampire into English fiction, and launched a vampire craze that has never subsided. 'The Vampyre' was first published in 1819 in the London New Monthly Magazine. The present volume selects thirteen other tales of the macabre first published in the leading London and Dublin magazines between 1819 and 1838, including Edward Bulwer's chilling account of the doppelganger, Letitia Landon's elegant reworking of the Gothic romance, William Carleton's terrifying description of an actual lynching, and James Hogg's ghoulish exploitation of the cholera epidemic of 1831-2. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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    The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre
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    By (author) John Polidori, Edited by Robert Morrison, Edited by Chris Baldick
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 195 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 225 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199552412
    ISBN 10: 019955241X

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    01 November 2008
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    Chris Baldick is Head of English at Goldsmith's College, University of London. Robert Morrison is Associate Professor of English at Acadia University, Canada.
    Review quote
    Moving effortlessly from folklore to melodrama, the Introduction assesses the position that Polidori's story ... We may not be ableto recover the experience of the origianl readers, but we can be grateful to the editors for bringing back to life tales that are not only of academic interest but which still exert their own nightmarish fascination Studies in Hogg and his World
    Table of contents
    Introduction ; Note on the Text ; Select Bibliography ; Chronology of the Magazines ; The Vampyre ; Sir Guy Eveling's Dream ; Confessions of a Reformed Ribbonman ; Edward Bulwer ; The Master of Logan ; The Victim ; Some Terrible Letters from Scotland ; The Curse ; Life in Death ; My Hobby - Rather ; The Red Man ; Post-Mortem Recollections of a Medical Lecturer ; The Bride of Lindorf ; Passage in the Secret History of an Irish Countess ; Appendix A: Preliminaries for 'The Vampyre' ; Appendix B: John Polidori, Note on the Vampyre ; Appendix C: Lord Byron: 'Augustus Darvell' ; Biographical Notes, Explanatory Notes