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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into pri ...more
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Published July 28th 2010 by Nabu Press (first published January 1st 1975)
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Peter Vicaire
Feb 27, 2013 Peter Vicaire rated it liked it
I thought I'd check this book out for some screenplay research on early nineteenth century dialogue as well as my interest in that June 1816 night in Switzerland when Frankenstein's Monster and "Dracula" (or at least a very early literary incarnation) were born. It was an interesting, quick read and illustrated the short, strained relationship Polidori had with Lord Byron - whom he had been hired by to be a travelling companion and physician. I had read elsewhere that he and Byron had been lover ...more
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Jul 14, 2013 T. Strange rated it it was amazing
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Wonderful turns of phrase and word usage (though some of them seem made up, which I enjoy). Very amusing; I laughed out loud several times. An interesting historical travel guide, very neat to read about somewhere I have been (Cologne) 200 years before I was there. Also interesting to read about Napoleon as recent history/current events.


(Note: This did not help my Gothic inspired shipping of Polidori/Byron)
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John William Polidori was an Italian English physician and writer, known for his associations with the Romantic movement and credited by some as the creator of the vampire genre of fantasy fiction.

Polidori was the oldest son of Gaetano Polidori, an Italian political émigré scholar, and Anna Maria Pierce, a governess. He had three brothers and four sisters.

He was one of the earliest pupils at recen
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