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The Vampyre Family: Passion, Envy and The Curse of Byron By Andrew McConnell Stott

The Vampyre Family: Passion, Envy and The Curse of Byron
by Andrew McConnell Stott

A glittering new group biography from the award winning author of The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi
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In the spring of 1816, Lord Byron was the greatest poet of his generation and the most famous man in Britain, but his personal life was about to erupt. Fleeing his celebrity, notoriety and debts, he sought refuge in Europe, taking his young doctor with him. As an inexperienced medic with literary aspirations of his own, Dr Polidori could not believe his luck. That summer another literary star also arrived in Geneva. With Percy Bysshe Shelley came his lover, Mary and her step-sister Claire Clairmont. For the next three months, this party of young bohemians shared their lives, charged with sexual and artistic tensions. It was a period of extraordinary creativity from which would emerge Frankenstein, the gothic masterpiece of Romantic fiction, Byron's Childe Harold, Shelley's Mont Blanc, and The Vampyre by John Polidori, the first great vampire novel. It was also a time of remarkable drama and emotional turmoil. For Byron and the Shelleys, their stay by the lake would serve to immortalise them in the annals of literary history. But for Claire and Polidori, the Swiss sojourn would scar them forever.

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GOR005457740
Title
The Vampyre Family: Passion, Envy and The Curse of Byron
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Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Hardback
Publisher
Canongate Books Ltd
Year published
Number of pages
464
ISBN 10
1847678718
ISBN 13
9781847678713
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