Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre

ISBN-10: 019955241X

ISBN-13: 9780199552412

Edition: 2008

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John Polidori's classic tale "The Vampyre"(1819), was a product of the same ghost-story competition that produced Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The present volume selects thirteen other tales of mystery and the macabre, including the works of James Hogg, J.S. LeFanu, Letitia Landon, Edward Bulwer, and William Carelton. The introduction surveys the genesis and influence of "The Vampyre" and its central themes and techniques, while the Appendices contain material closely associated with its composition and publication, including Lord Byron's prose fragment "Augustus Darvell."
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Book details

List price: $9.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.08" wide x 7.72" long x 0.63" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works lasting appeal. She is at her best in such books as Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816), in which she examines and often ridicules the behavior of small groups of middle-class characters. Austen relies heavily on conversations among her characters to reveal their personalities, and at times her novels read almost like plays. Several of them have, in fact, been made into films. She is considered to be one of the most beloved British authors.Robert Morrison is Queen�e(tm)s National Scholar at Queen�e(tm)s University, Kingston, Ontario.

Introduction
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
Chronology of the Magazines
The Vampyre
Sir Guy Eveling's Dream
Confessions of a Reformed Ribbonman
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
Preliminaries for `The Vampyre'
John Polidori, Note on the Vampyre
Lord Byron: `Augustus Darvell'
Biographical Notes
Explanatory Notes
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