In the spring of 1816, Lord Byron was the greatest poet of his generation and the most famous man in Britain, but his personal life was about to erupt. Fleeing his celebrity, notoriety and debts, he sought refuge in Europe, taking his young doctor with him. As an inexperienced medic with literary aspirations of his own, Dr Polidori could not believe his luck. That summer another literary star also arrived in Geneva. With Percy Bysshe Shelley came his lover, Mary and her step-sister Claire Clairmont. For the next three months, this party of young bohemians shared their lives, charged with sexual and artistic tensions. It was a period of extraordinary creativity from which would emerge Frankenstein, the gothic masterpiece of Romantic fiction, Byron's Childe Harold, Shelley's Mont Blanc, and The Vampyre by John Polidori, the first great vampire novel. It was also a time of remarkable drama and emotional turmoil. For Byron and the Shelleys, their stay by the lake would serve to immortalise them in the annals of literary history. But for Claire and Polidori, the Swiss sojourn would scar them forever.
Modern Greece in the English and American Imagination
Author: David Roessel
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Modern Greece, constructed by the early nineteenth-century ideals and ideas associated with Byron, has been "haunted, holy ground" in English and American literature for almost two centuries. In Byron's Shadow analyzes how authors employ ideas about romantic nationalism, gender politics, shifts in cultural constructions, and literary experimentation to create variations of "Greece" to suit changing eras.
Love, Art, and Scandal in the Intersecting Worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain , Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade
Author: Christopher Benfey
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The country's most noted writers, poets, and artists converge at a singular moment in American life, a great companion to fans of the film A Quiet Passion, starring Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson. At the close of the Civil War, the lives of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade intersected in an intricate map of friendship, family, and romance that marked a milestone in the development of American art and literature. Using the image of a flitting hummingbird as a metaphor for the gossamer strands that connect these larger-than-life personalities, Christopher Benfey re-creates the summer of 1882, the summer when Mabel Louise Todd-the protégé to the painter Heade-confesses her love for Emily Dickinson's brother, Austin, and the players suddenly find themselves caught in the crossfire between the Calvinist world of decorum, restraint, and judgment and a new, unconventional world in which nature prevails and freedom is all. From the Trade Paperback edition.
1816 and the Volcano That Darkened the World and Changed History
Author: William K. Klingaman,Nicholas P. Klingaman
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Like Winchester's Krakatoa, The Year Without Summer reveals a year of dramatic global change long forgotten by history In the tradition of Krakatoa, The World Without Us, and Guns, Germs and Steel comes a sweeping history of the year that became known as 18-hundred-and-froze-to-death. 1816 was a remarkable year—mostly for the fact that there was no summer. As a result of a volcanic eruption in Indonesia, weather patterns were disrupted worldwide for months, allowing for excessive rain, frost, and snowfall through much of the Northeastern U.S. and Europe in the summer of 1816. In the U.S., the extraordinary weather produced food shortages, religious revivals, and extensive migration from New England to the Midwest. In Europe, the cold and wet summer led to famine, food riots, the transformation of stable communities into wandering beggars, and one of the worst typhus epidemics in history. 1816 was the year Frankenstein was written. It was also the year Turner painted his fiery sunsets. All of these things are linked to global climate change—something we are quite aware of now, but that was utterly mysterious to people in the nineteenth century, who concocted all sorts of reasons for such an ungenial season. Making use of a wealth of source material and employing a compelling narrative approach featuring peasants and royalty, politicians, writers, and scientists, The Year Without Summer by William K. Klingaman and Nicholas P. Klingaman examines not only the climate change engendered by this event, but also its effects on politics, the economy, the arts, and social structures.
Die erste Vampirerzählung der Weltliteratur (Horror-Klassiker)
Author: John Polidori
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
John William Polidori (1795 - 1821) war ein englischer Schriftsteller sowie Leibarzt und Reisebegleiter des Dichters Lord Byron. Vor dem Kaminfeuer in Lord Byrons Villa las man sich nachts gegenseitig Schauergeschichten vor. Die Ereignisse dieser Nächte sind die Grundlage des Films Gothic. Lord Byron schlug schließlich vor, dass jeder eine eigene Schauergeschichte zur Unterhaltung beisteuern solle. Mary Shelley entwarf daraufhin die Geschichte von Frankenstein oder Der moderne Prometheus. Lord Byron begann eine Geschichte, die Polidori später als Basis seiner eigenen Erzählung The Vampyre aufgriff und weiter ausbaute. Mit dieser schuf Polidori nicht nur die erste Vampirerzählung der Weltliteratur, sondern begründete gleichsam mit der Figur des Lord Ruthven den Typus des modernen Vampirs. Dieser prägt das Genre bis heute. Nicht zuletzt Anne Rices Gentleman-Vampire sind von Polidori inspiriert. Aus dem Buch: "Aubrey neigte sich immer mehr und mehr zu Janthen hin; ihre Unschuld, im Contraste mit den affectierten Tugenden der Weiber, unter denen er Urbilder seiner romantischen Ideen gesucht hatte, gewann sein Herz, und indeß er es lächerlich fand, daß ein junger Engländer ein unerzogenes griechisches Mädchen heyrathen wolle, fand er sich immer stärker und stärker von der schönsten Gestalt angezogen, die er je gesehen hatte. Janthe ahnete diese aufkeimende Liebe nicht, und blieb sich in ihrer ersten kindlichen Unbefangenheit immer gleich. Sie trennte sich zwar immer ungern von Aubrey, allein meistens deshalb, weil sie nun Niemand hatte, unter dessen Schutze sie ihre Lieblingsorte besuchen konnte. In Hinsicht der Vampyrs hatte sie sich auf ihre Eltern berufen, und beide bestätigten, bleich vor Schrecken schon bei Nennung des Worts, die Wahrheit der Sache."
Heinemann Science Scheme provides a course that is a match to the QCA scheme of work. It comprises two student books (core and foundation) and a teacher resource pack for each of years 7, 8 and 9. Together they cover all the science that students need to learn at Key Stage 3. Heinemann Science Scheme Book 1 is the first Foundation book.
England 1922: Um sich von einer schweren Krankheit zu erholen, reist die junge Lucy mit ihrer Gouvernante nach Ägypten. Bald schon ist sie fasziniert von der Schönheit des fernen Landes und dem illustren Kreis bedeutender Archäologen und ihrer Familien. In Frances findet sie eine beste Freundin, gemeinsam erleben die beiden die aufregenden Entdeckungen im Tal der Pyramiden mit und erforschen die rätselhafte Welt der Erwachsenen – eine Welt aus Halbwahrheiten und dunklen Geheimnissen. Noch Jahre später werfen die Geheimnisse, die ihren Anfang in Ägypten nehmen, ihre Schatten auf Lucys Leben und gefährden ihre große Liebe ...
Love affairs, literary rivalries, and the supernatural collide in an inspired journey to Lake Geneva, where Byron, the Shelleys, and John Polidori come together to create literature’s greatest monsters In the spring of 1816, Lord Byron was the greatest poet of his generation and the most famous man in Britain, but his personal life was about to erupt. Fleeing his celebrity, notoriety, and debts, he sought refuge in Europe, taking his young doctor with him. As an inexperienced medic with literary aspirations of his own, Doctor John Polidori could not believe his luck. That summer another literary star also arrived in Geneva. With Percy Bysshe Shelley came his lover, Mary, and her step-sister, Claire Clairmont. For the next three months, this party of young bohemians shared their lives, charged with sexual and artistic tensions. It was a period of extraordinary creativity: Mary Shelley started writing Frankenstein, the gothic masterpiece of Romantic fiction; Byron completed Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, his epic poem; and Polidori would begin The Vampyre, the first great vampire novel. It was also a time of remarkable drama and emotional turmoil. For Byron and the Shelleys, their stay by the lake would serve to immortalize them in the annals of literary history. But for Claire and Polidori, the Swiss sojourn would scar them forever.
Byron's life and work have fascinated readers around the world for two hundred years, but it is the complex interaction between his art and his politics, beliefs and sexuality that has attracted so many modern critics and students. In three sections devoted to the historical, textual and literary contexts of Byron's life and times, these specially commissioned essays by a range of eminent Byron scholars provide a compelling picture of the diversity of Byron's writings. The essays cover topics such as Byron's interest in the East, his relationship to the publishing world, his attitudes to gender, his use of Shakespeare and eighteenth-century literature, and his acute fit in a post-modernist world. This Companion provides an invaluable resource for students and scholars, including a chronology and a guide to further reading.
Fiona MacCarthy makes a breakthrough in interpreting Byron's life and poetry drawing on John Murray's world-famous archive. She brings a fresh eye to his early years: his childhood in Scotland, embattled relations with his mother, the effect of his deformed foot on his development. She traces his early travels in the Mediterranean and the East, throwing light on his relationships with adolescent boys - a hidden subject in earlier biographies. While paying due attention to the compelling tragicomedy of Byron's marriage, his incestuous love for his half-sister Augusta and the clamorous attention of his female fans, she gives a new importance to his close male friendships, in particular that with his publisher John Murray. She tells the full story of their famous disagreement, ending as a rift between them as Byron's poetry became more recklessly controversial. Byron was a celebrity in his own lifetime, becoming a 'superstar' in 1812, after the publication of Childe Harold. The Byron legend grew to unprecedented proportions after his death in the Greek War of Independence at the age of thirty-six. The problem for a biographer is sifting the truth from the sentimental, the self-serving and the spurious. Fiona MacCarthy has overcome this to produce an immaculately researched biography, which is also her refreshing personal view.
Maine Sunday Telegram #1 Bestseller "A first-rate novel. Suspenseful and highly entertaining." -- New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds Fall in Portland, Maine usually arrives as a welcome respite from summer’s sweltering temperatures and, with the tourists gone, a return to normal life—usually. But when a retired cop is murdered, things heat up quickly, setting the city on edge. Detective Sergeant John Byron, a second-generation cop, is tasked with investigating the case—at the very moment his life is unraveling. On the outs with his department’s upper echelon, separated from his wife, and feeling the strong pull of the bottle, Byron remains all business as he tries to solve the murder of one of their own. And when another ex-Portland PD officer dies under suspicious circumstances, he quickly realizes there’s much more to these cases than meets the eye. The closer Byron gets to the truth, the greater the danger for him and his fellow detectives. This taut, atmospheric thriller will appeal to fans of Michael Connelly and John Sandford.
`Upon her neck and breast was blood, and upon her throat were the marks of teeth having opened the vein: - to this the men pointed, crying, simultaneously struck with horror, "a Vampyre, a Vampyre!"' John Polidori's classic tale of the vampyre was a product of the same ghost-story competition that produced Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Set in Italy, Greece, and London, Polidori's tales is a reaction to the dominating presence of his employer Lord Byron, and transformed the figure of the vampire from the bestial ghoul of earlier mythologies into the glamorous aristocrat whose violence and sexual allure make him literally a 'lady-killer'. Polidori's tale introduced the vampire into English fiction, and launched a vampire craze that has never subsided. `The Vampyre' was first published in 1819 in the London New Monthly Magazine. The present volume selects thirteen other tales of the macabre first published in the leading London and Dublin magazines between 1819 and 1838, including Edward Bulwer's chilling account of the doppelganger, Letitia Landon's elegant reworking of the Gothic romance, William Carleton's terrifying description of an actual lynching, and James Hogg's ghoulish exploitation of the cholera epidemic of 1831-2. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.