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The Diary of Dr John William Polidori, 1816 John William Polidori

The Diary of Dr John William Polidori, 1816 By John William Polidori

The Diary of Dr John William Polidori, 1816 by John William Polidori


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John William Polidori (1795-1821) was, for a brief period, the personal physician to Lord Byron. William Michael Rossetti, his nephew, published this manuscript diary in 1911. It is the only contemporary account of the few weeks, crucial to the development of Romanticism, during which Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein.

The Diary of Dr John William Polidori, 1816 Summary

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

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction; The diary; Index.

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NLS9781108072281
9781108072281
1108072283
The Diary of Dr John William Polidori, 1816: Relating to Byron, Shelley, Etc. by John William Polidori
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Cambridge University Press
2014-07-17
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