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de Lamothe-Langon, Étienne-Léon

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(1786-1864) French man of letters, politician, playwright and author, prolific from the turn of the century until his retirement in 1844. Much of his later work is Gothic Fantasy; he is of some sf interest for La Vampire ou la Vierge de Hongrie (1825; trans Brian Stableford as The Virgin Vampire 2011) as by Le B, which features a female Vampire who is not, in this case, a minion of the dark but a force for good. As with any vampire tale of this approximate date, La Vampire derives directly from John Polidori's The Vampyre (1819), which had the cachet of being widely thought to be the work of Lord Byron. L'Hermite de la Tombe Mysterieuse (1816) was initially published as though it was a translation by Lamothe-Langon of a work by the English writer Ann Radcliffe. [JC]

Baron Étienne-Léon de Lamothe-Langon

born Montpellier, Hérault, Languedoc, France: 1 April 1786

died Paris: 24 April 1864

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