EXPLANATORY NOTESAttribution of The Vampyre is based on The Vampyre and Ernestus
D. L. Macdonald and
Kathleen Scherf ( Toronto, 1994), 21-6; attributions of all other tales from the New Monthly
Magazine are based on the Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals,
W. Houghton et al. ( 5 vols.; Toronto, 1966-89), iii. 182-234.
Attribution of Carleton's "'Confessions of a Reformed Ribbonman'"
is based on his Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry, second series
( Dublin, 1833), where the tale appeared, with minor alterations, as "'Wildgoose Lodge'"; attribution of Hogg's "'Some Terrible Letters
from Scotland'" is based on the Metropolitan Magazine, 3 ( 1832), 422;
attributions of tales from the Dublin University Magazine are based
on the Wellesley, iv. 228, 238; attribution of the tale from Fraser's is
based on the Wellesley, ii. 335.
The VampyrePublished in the April 1819 issue of the New Monthly Magazine
(old series: 11/63, 195-206) as "'A TALE BY LORD BYRON'", The
Vampyre is actually the work of Byron's personal physician, John
Polidori. Twitchell asserts that this tale 'set off a chain reaction that
has carried the myth both to heights of artistic psychomachia and to
depths of sadistic vulgarity, making the vampire, along with the
Frankenstein monster, the most compelling and complex figure to
be produced by the gothic imagination'. Frayling observes that The
Vampyre is 'probably the most influential horror story of all time'.
For details of the genesis and reception of Polidori's tale, see the
Introduction, vii-xiii ( James Twitchell, The Living Dead. A Study
of the Vampire in Romantic Literature ( Durham, NC, 1981), 103; Vampyres: Lord Byron to Count Dracula, ed.
( London, 1991), 107).The annotation that follows draws on the scholarship of previous editions of The Vampyre, particularly that of Macdonald and Scherf ( Toronto, 1994).
|3ton: fashionable world.|
Lady Mercer . . . left the field: an unflattering portrait of Lady Caroline Lamb ( 1785-1828), who married William Lamb in 1805, and who had a brief but tempestuous affair with Byron
in 1812, the most famous episode of which occurred in July
of that year when she dressed in a page's uniform in order to
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Place of publication: Oxford.
Publication year: 1997.
Page number: 257.
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