The Vampyre; a Tale

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The Vampyre a Tale This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers You may find it for free on the web Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery

  • Title: The Vampyre; a Tale
  • Author: John William Polidori
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Kindle Edition
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    1. Before DRACULABefore NOSFERATUEven before BUFFY There was LORD RUTHVEN in John Polidori’s 1819 short story, The Vampyre. Originally attributed to Lord Byron, this is an exceptional gothic story and I was quite surprised at the amount of like I found myself feeling for this little gem. Besides being double plus good, this atmospheric tale is historically important as it is the earliest example of the romantic vampire genre. Thus it is a classic of both gothic and vampire fiction. Now don't go s [...]

    2. This is one of those weird bits of fiction where the story behind its creation is actually more interesting than the work itself: it was the result of a writing challenge between Mary Shelley, Byron and Polidori, the very same challenge that resulted in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.The tale begins with a vampire arriving in London; he catches the eyes of the citizens with his uniqueness. They are drawn to him like a moth to a flame; they are enamoured by his sharp, striking, eyes. Everyone wants [...]

    3. While the story itself is intriguing, the way it is told is so boring. That's why I try and avoid classics most of the time. I prefer something fast-paced, or something that (at least) doesn't make me fall asleep. Old authors had a way about descriptions and making the most exciting things appear soulless.I felt nothing for Lord Ruthven, just as I felt nothing for Aubrey. And why did Ruthven leave Aubrey alive? All the mental torture did nothing for me. I could not see the vampire's reasons, nor [...]

    4. I love vampires. There, I said it! Ever since I read Bram Stoker’s Dracula, I have been fascinated by this creature of the shadows, the undead. Never mind a certain series that threatened to spoil the ‘monster’ for me, but now that the last of that smoke is on its way out, I can demurely admit to this without my declaration to be succeeded by ‘Oh! Twilight.’ Cringe!No. My fascination rests with the creature of the undead, shrouded in darkness and legend, surrounded by hushed voices and [...]

    5. اول محاولة جادة للكتابة في مايدعى بأدب (مصاصي الدماء) و التى تلاها فيما بعد رواية (دراكيولا) المشهورة عام 1897 و التى كان من الملاحظ انها سارت على نفس القواعد التى سبق و ان ارستها هذه المحاولة لهذا النوع من الأدب الرائج فى عصرنا الحالى و اللى من آخر ابداعاته المشهورة سلسلة Twilight(18 [...]

    6. The history of this short story might be even more intriguing than the actual writing itself. Mr. Polidori was the personal physician of the infamous Lord Byron, and this work of fiction was conceived on that famous holiday event in which Lord Byron, Percy Shelley and Mary Godwin (who would later become Mary Shelley) issued a challenge to each other to write Gothic stories. This was Mr. Polidori's result.My thoughts: I have little doubt that Lord Ruthven was inspired by Lord Byron. Polidori's fe [...]

    7. It's 1:32 am and I am half asleep. So yep it freaked me a bit.Best advice; never read after an anti migraine tablet and a cup of tea when everyone is asleep and the rooms outside your library door are in darkness Ok, I scared myself witless!10 STARS for working so well!

    8. A historical milestone. That's what 'Vampyre' is. Written in 1819, this short fiction is considered as (one of the) first story to successfully use vampire as an antagonist.History aside, the story itself started strong, but fell short towards the end. I particularly enjoyed the first encounter of vampyre in Greece. However, the actions of characters became illogical after that incident.In my edition (project Guttenberg), I found an extract which serves as an introduction to the story. I'm going [...]

    9. The main significance of of The Vampyre is historical: this is the first published work about vampires in English. Nearly everything that followed in the English language can be traced back to here. Amazing that such a short story (20 pages in the book I read) can be so influential.What's most important is good, very good. The plot itself, though a little slow to start, ramps up fairly quickly and ends brilliantly. (It does rely on one character valuing his word of honor above all else, includin [...]

    10. I read this many years ago. While there could be more background into the mysterious Lord Ruthven, the story is written in the style of its time and is still effective today. This is considered the earliest vampire tale in the English language (there's some debate over that, however) and it was extremely influential on later works such as Varney, Carmilla, and, of course, Dracula.

    11. Hitherto, Aubrey had had no opportunity of studying Lord Ruthven's character, and now he found, that, though many more of his actions were exposed to his view, the results offered different conclusions from the apparent motives to his conduct. His companion was profuse in his liberality; -- the idle, the vagabond, and the beggar, received from his hand more than enough to relieve their immediate wants. But Aubrey could not avoid remarking, that it was not upon the virtuous, reduced to indigence [...]

    12. Note, April 13, 2014: I've just updated this review slightly to correct some factual inaccuracy in the account of the tale's origin.Personal physician to Lord Byron, Polidori was present for the same challenge to the Byron-Shelley households to write a scary story that produced Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, but apparently didn't immediately take part in it. He later produced this literary treatment of the vampire legend (the first one to be published in English) using Byron's story, which the fam [...]

    13. This is another piece I respect more than I enjoyed; The Vampyre; A Tale is, after all, the first account of vampires in English prose. So it seems we have John William Polidori to blame thank for the likes of Edward Cullen.Before anyone criticises Polidori's writing (which I've seen described as 'clunky') can we just remember that he was a doctor by profession, not a writer. And not just any doctor either: he was Lord Byron’s personal physician and travelling companion throughout his sex tour [...]

    14. John Polidori was Lord Byron's physician who followed Byron about. The two met up with Percy and Mary Shelley on the shores of Lake Geneva and one night decided upon a ghost story writing competition. Percy and Byron, two of the Romantic movement's shining stars, gave up early on claiming prose was nothing to poetry, but Mary Shelley and John Polidori went ahead. Mary wrote "Frankenstein" while Polidori wrote "The Vampyre", a significantly smaller and less famous story. "The Vampyre" tells the s [...]

    15. This is the first vampire story in the English language, and Polidori based the character on Lord Byron, which was not a stretch, since Byron was pretty much an emotional vampire to those around him. Polidori is an interesting character himself. In films, he is always portrayed as crazy or ugly, some little fiend hanging on to Byron, etc. But it's not true. He was smart as can be, young, young, and very handsome. He was also educated and a physican and a member of the Polidori family that went o [...]

    16. "The Vampyre", published 1819, is considered the first vampyre story in English literature and the one turning the vampyre folklore into the classic tale, the mythical vampyre into the aristocratic, cultivated, intellectual and seductive creature. A young man, Aubrey, becomes fascinated with the mysterious Lord Ruthven that has entered London society. They travel to Rome, but Aubrey leaves Lord Ruthven due to certain circumstances. The next time they met, Aubrey's view of him would change irrevo [...]

    17. The young Lord Aubrey meets the strange and compelling Lord Ruthven, who seems to spread moral and mortal suffering wherever he goes. The confusing history--the story was originally attributed to Lord Byron, but was written by his physician John Polidori--that surrounds The Vampyre threatens to overshadow the text itself (especially as the Gutenberg edition reprints the 1819 imprint containing an unconnected account of Lord Byron's residence in Greece) but ultimately only adds to The Vampyre's m [...]

    18. While I can appreciate the importance of this text as the first vampire story, I'm glad it was a short read, since it's lost most of its tension over the years. It's interesting to know that while Lord Ruthven does fulfill the traditional model of a vampire, he's an aristocrat with strange hypnotic and powers of attraction, but he is immune to the sun.

    19. 3,5/5Otro relato de vampiros que me sorprendió. Todo el ambiente gótico y aristocrático me apasiona y, por lo que estoy viendo, todos los relatos vampíricos clásicos siguen este estilo. Además, en este caso da gusto cómo está escrito con unas frases bastante enrevesadas pero escritas con mucha delicadeza. Sin duda este aspecto es lo mejor del relato.El ritmo y la trama también me engancharon mucho, pese a ser un relato de vampiros más, no podía parar de leer. Los personajes y, sobre t [...]

    20. A pesar de ser un relato muy corto que se lee "en una sentada" me emocionó y sorprendió mucho. A pesar de que esta edición de planeta tiene algunos errores muy tontos de edición, descubrí cosas emocionantes sobre la figura de Polidori. La que más me emocionó fue saber que era tío de Dante Gabriel Rossetti, fundador de los prerrafaelitas, personaje que admiro un montón. Sin duda, este -tristemente- no reconocido autor era una figura muy interesante, me hubiera gustado que su trabajo como [...]

    21. OTRO GRAN CLÁSICO DE LA NOVELA VAMPIRICA, GRACIAS A ESTE RELATO SE INICIO EL ORIGEN DEL VAMPIRO SEDUCTOR Y GUAPO QUE CONOCEMOS EN LA ACTUALIDAD.Lo que rescato de este libro, es como un mito se puede hacer realidad, y como la locura y el valor de proteger a una hermana, son claves importantes del terror. Polidori hace una gran relato y al mismo tiempo una genial sátira y homenaje a la época en la cual vivía.

    22. Good Vampire tale. Love the setting.I can see clearly again how and where Stoker got most of his ideas. More backstory would have been nice, but just for a short read this is a great way to spend some time.

    23. En El Vampiro , nos encontramos con Lord Ruthven, un misterioso caballero que despierta la curiosidad de Aubrey, un hombre virtuoso y honorable, demasiado honrado. Después de frecuentar la compañía de Lord Ruthven por un tiempo, Aubrey empieza a darse cuenta de la naturaleza degenerada del hombre, pero Lord Ruthven es también una persona muy seductora, y logra manipular a Aubrey de varias formas, llevándolo finalmente a su perdición. Me gustó que los dos personajes sean la contraparte del [...]

    24. Nowadays mainstream bookshops seem to have a whole section devoted to vampire novels, which usually seem to be some form of undead Mills & Boon. Like many classic monsters the vampire comes and goes in the night, waxing and waning in popularity. Where did the vampire fiction genre come from?Many would say Bram Stoker's Dracula, published in 1897 (download the novel at the excellent Project Gutenberg site, as text or audio file). However, the first novella which established many of the vampir [...]

    25. The place where vampires all began, and it’s even really short! Some people moan that Twilight ruined vampires, that vampires used to be scary and now they’re too sexy to be scary, that the vampire genre is dead (but why is dead a bad thing?), etc. I’m here to tell you that they are all WRONG. Nothing has changed in the last 200 years. Sociopathic undead hotties have always preyed on susceptible teenage girls with a bit more charm than is good for anyone. And, yes, they have always been se [...]

    26. Since the first time I read Dracula, I have heard of this short gothic story as the first example of the modern figure of the vampire. I has been written by Polidori in the famous summer spent near Geneva, where Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein.In this case, the vampire is an English nobleman, Lord Ruthven, apparently devoted to a dissolute life, but actually interested to feeding on the women of the London upper class. Opposed to him, there is another noble, the young Aubrey, initially naive and [...]

    27. E' un racconto abbastanza breve, ma mi è piaciuto in gran parte per il finale che, lo ammetto, non mi aspettavo. EVVAI!E forza con il team vampiro, a scapito degli umani cretini :DOltre a ciò, ho trovato - seppur dispersiva e non proprio facile - la scrittura di Polidori davvero ammirabile: poetica, raffinata con ben poco spazio al dialogo, che viene però sopperito da descrizioni vivide.Forse è un po' confusionario e lascia al lettore molte domande, credo che se lo avesse trasformato in un r [...]

    28. Vampyre with a Y, I do not like you.Author seems too distracted by words to build a compelling writing. The sentences are stuck, they don't flow, they don't have life. Paragraphs are too long, pace is not very good for such a short novella.I was surprised, since this is a classic.

    29. من الاعمال المهمة التي سعدت (وتعبت) بترجمتها ورغم قصرها مقارنة برواية دراكولا لبرام ستوكر فقدت كانت أصعب بسبب لغتها القديمة

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