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"Polly Dolly, Poor Polidori" und weitere Werke von Courtney Blazon

"Polly Dolly, Poor Polidori"
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Doctor John Polidori, an Englishman of Italian descent, was both an author and a physician. He received his degree as a Doctor of Medicine from Edinburgh University in 1815, at age 19, but was too young to be licensed to practice. Adrift in London, Polidori was hired by Lord Byron to serve as his personal physician on Byron’s trip to Europe in 1816. A publisher offered, and Polidori accepted, 500 pounds sterling (around $50,000 in 2016 dollars) to keep a diary of his travels with Lord Byron.
Polidori’s contribution to the ghost stories told at Villa Diodati would become 'The Vampyre', often cited as the forefather of modern vampire fiction.
'The Vampyre' was inspired both by 'Glenarvon', an autobiographical tale by Lady Caroline Lamb about her love affair with Lord Byron, and by Polidori’s bitter personal experience with the self-centered Byron’s sense of entitlement and propensity for bullying.
At Villa Diodati in Switzerland, Polidori was infatuated with Mary Godwin, on one occasion severely spraining his ankle in his enthusiasm to welcome her there with a wilted rose in hand. Awkward in love, as well as in person, his ardor was not returned.
In a final cruel blow from Fate, an unscrupulous journalist published 'The Vampyre' as a work by Byron, rather than by Polidori. It proved a huge success, and it took exceptional efforts by Polidori to restore his name to the work, only to have his association with such a notorious document thwart his plans to pursue theological studies.
In London in August 1821, constantly overshadowed by Byron, and weighed down by depression and gambling debts, the 25-year-old Polidori committed suicide by drinking a vial of Prussic acid (cyanide), finally lifting the dark clouds from above his head.
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