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Look Inside The Diary of Dr John William Polidori, 1816

The Diary of Dr John William Polidori, 1816
Relating to Byron, Shelley, Etc.

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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies

  • Date Published: July 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108072281

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  • John William Polidori (1795–1821) was, for a brief period, the personal physician to Lord Byron. Half Italian, he was the uncle of the Rossetti siblings, and it was William Michael Rossetti, in his role as family recorder, who published Polidori's manuscript diary after nearly a century, in 1911. This account of his time with Byron (which ended two months later when they quarrelled and parted company) is the only contemporary account of the few weeks, crucial to the development of the Romantic movement, during which Mary Shelley's Frankenstein arose from a storytelling competition at the Villa Diodati. Polidori's later career as a physician and writer was hampered by a severe accident in 1817 which left him with brain damage. His most famous work, The Vampyre, was published in 1819, but attributed to Byron, leading both men to threaten the publisher with lawsuits. Polidori died (probably a suicide) two years later.

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    • Date Published: July 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108072281
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    The diary
    Index.

  • Author

    John William Polidori

    Editor

    William Michael Rossetti

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