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The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre (Oxford World's by John Polidori

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By John Polidori

Edited through Robert Morrison and Chris Baldick

John Polidori's vintage story "The Vampyre"(1819), used to be a manufactured from a similar ghost-story pageant that produced Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. the current quantity selects 13 different stories of puzzle and the macabre, together with the works of James Hogg, J.S. LeFanu, Letitia Landon, Edward Bulwer, and William Carelton. The advent surveys the genesis and effect of "The Vampyre" and its imperative issues and strategies, whereas the Appendices comprise fabric heavily linked to its composition and book, together with Lord Byron's prose fragment "Augustus Darvell."

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This air of realism was heightened by a promotional stunt Irving pulled off with the help of Henry Brevoort and James Kirke Paulding. In the weeks prior to publication, he published a report in the New York Evening Post that an elderly gentleman by the name of Knickerbocker had wandered off from his lodgings without paying his rent, leaving behind only a collection of papers in manuscript. In a subsequent issue, a letter to the editor reported that a gentleman matching Knickerbocker舗s description had been seen in the Hudson River Valley, walking north toward Albany.

Thus accoutred, he gravely walked into the room, with his ivory-headed ebony cane in one hand, and gently swaying his three-cornered beaver with the other.

374). This hoax was remarkably successful, so much so that for a time Irving舗s narrator gained greater notoriety than the author himself. The historical accuracy of his narrative of New York舗s history as the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam made his mock-heroic epic more than a Swiftean satire. It provided the newly formed nation with a basis for history that was free of associations with British colonial rule. 舡 America舗s need to declare its cultural independence from Britain intensified in the decade following the War of 1812.

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