Polidori's and Byron's Vampirism
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This paper explains that John Polidori acknowledged that, for his book "The Vampyre", he drew on a number of themes and other elements in the formation of his own story of vampirism from Lord Byron's poem "Giaour". The author describes both works, which both involve a sort of outside observer, who becomes a biographer for the main character and gives the story a sense of authenticity. The paper concludes that the pattern set by Polidori for his protagonist Ruthven would become the norm for the vampire in fiction after this time, as witnessed with the future creation of the character Dracula.
Sample of Sources Used:
- Byron, Lord. "The Giaour." In Three Oriental Tales, Alan Richardson (ed.). New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2002.
- Polidori, John. "Vampyre." In Three Gothic Novels, E.F. Bleiler (ed.). New York: Dover, 1966.
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