Did you know that John William Polidori was born today in 1795? He was a physician and a writer. In 1816 he was working as a personal doctor to Lord Byron, a famous poet and writer. Polidori accompanied Lord Byron on a trip to Switzerland. During that trip Polidori accepted a challenge to write a suspenseful and spooky story and wrote “The Vampyre”. This short story blended elements from different cultural legends and folktales and is the basis for the modern vampire in stories today.
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In 1819, “The Vampyre” was published without Polidori’s permission. To make matters worse, the story was attributed to Lord Byron. Neither Polidori or Lord Byron were pleased with this mix-up.
Also accompanying Lord Byron to Switzerland were Percy Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (later Mary Shelley). Mary Shelley’s answer to Byron’s challenge evolved to become the story “Frankenstein”.
John Polidori was offered 500 pounds to keep a diary of his travels with Lord Byron. His diary was later edited and published by Polidori’s nephew, William Michael Rossetti.
John Polidori’s sister, Frances married Gabriele Rossetti. Her children Maria Francesca Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Michael Rossetti, and Christina Georgina Rossetti, became writers and artists.
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