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Bérard, Cyprien

Entry updated 9 August 2021. Tagged: Author.

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(?   -?   ) French journalist and author of whom little is known, beyond his opportunistic rehash of John Polidori' s The Vampyre (1819), initially thought to have been written by Lord Byron, the real life model who most resembled its protagonist, and the fact that he has sometimes been confused with Charles Nodier. Lord Ruthwen ou Les Vampires (1820; trans Brian Stableford as The Vampire Lord Ruthwen 2011), for which Nodier wrote an introduction which does not in fact refer to the text itself, is a very early contribution to the rapid early nineteenth-century fixation on the Icon of the Romantic Vampire. [JC]

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