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John William Polidori

1795 - 1821

 
 
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 14, 2017
1. John William Polidori Marker
Inscription.

Poet & Novelist
Author of
'The Vampyre'
born & died
here

 
Erected 1998 by City of Westminster.
 
Location. 51° 30.709′ N, 0° 8.146′ W. Marker is in City of Westminster, England, in Greater London County. Marker is on Great Pulteney Street just south of Beek Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 38 Great Pulteney Street, City of Westminster, England W1F 9NT, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Portuguese Embassy (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Canaletto (about 150 meters away); Globe Theatre (about 180 meters away); Charles Bridgeman (about 180 meters away); Lord Stanley of Preston (about 210 meters away); The 2i's Coffee Bar (about 210 meters away); Keith Moon (about 210 meters away); Ziggy Stardust (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in City of Westminster.
 
Also see . . .  John William Polidori (Wikipedia). "John William Polidori (7 September 1795 – 24 August 1821) was an English writer and physician. He is known for his associations with the Romantic movement and credited
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 14, 2017
2. John William Polidori Marker - Wide View
by some as the creator of the vampire genre of fantasy fiction. His most successful work was the short story "The Vampyre" (1819), the first published modern vampire story. Although originally and erroneously accredited to Lord Byron, both Byron and Polidori affirmed that the story is Polidori's....In 1816, Dr. Polidori entered Lord Byron's service as his personal physician and accompanied him on a trip through Europe.... At the Villa Diodati, a house Byron rented by Lake Geneva in Switzerland, the pair met with Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, her husband-to-be, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and their companion (Mary's stepsister) Claire Clairmont....One night in June, after the company had read aloud from Fantasmagoriana, a French collection of German horror tales, Byron suggested they each write a ghost story. Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote "A Fragment of a Ghost Story" and wrote down five ghost stories recounted by Matthew Gregory "Monk" Lewis, published posthumously as the Journal at Geneva (including ghost stories).... Mary Shelley worked on a tale with her husband that would later evolve into Frankenstein. Byron wrote (and quickly abandoned) a fragment of a story, "A Fragment", featuring the main character Augustus Darvell, which Polidori used later as the basis for his own tale, "The Vampyre", the first published modern vampire story in English....Polidori's conversation with Percy Bysshe Shelley on June 15, 1816... is regarded as the origin or genesis of Frankenstein. They discussed principles, "the nature of the principle of life": "June 15 - ... Shelley etc. came in the evening ... Afterwards, Shelley and I had a conversation about principles - whether man was to be thought merely an instrument." (Submitted on November 17, 2017.) 
 
Additional keywords. Vampires
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 17, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 17, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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