Tom Holland's novel, editions?
- Can anyone in possession of the novel please clarify for me the
editions? I believe there is the original hardback version with the
Philips portrait on the cover, first published in the UK, then the
paperback edition(s), with the same cover (not Byron) both in US and UK
editions. Have I got that right? Also, why do you think the title was
changed? Was ' The Vampyre, Being the true pilgrimage of George Gordon,
Sixth Lord Byron', too much of a mouthful for the American market ;-)
(no offense to my compatriots, just thinking of the Harry Potter books,
how 'philosopher's stone' got turned into 'wizard' or something like
As you can tell, I'm getting round to purchasing it. I imagine this has
been discussed before, but what are your honest impressions of it? I've
just finished reading Tom Holland's essay in the volume 'Byromania' (the
same volume with the essay on Barbara Cartland and L.B.) and I enjoyed
it - nicely written with very amusing footnotes.
- Dear Elizabeth and list,
>Can anyone in possession of the novel please clarify for me theI am not certain of the specifics, but I believe that the version in the UK
did have a different title, and if I remember correctly, it was just titled
'The Vampyre' (the rest could have been a subtitle)
The version I have is entitled 'Lord Of The Dead' and its a trade paperback
with a castle/tower against a dark red twilight sky backdrop.
I am sure that all versions are the same text, which in the long run seems
the most important.
>As you can tell, I'm getting round to purchasing it. I imagine this hasI very much enjoyed the book, and thought that Holland did a fantastic (and
>been discussed before, but what are your honest impressions of it?
fun) job at bending the myths about Byron to correspond with a vampire
theme. Its a great story, very gripping and atmospheric, but above all its
just an enjoyable book. Its nothing deep or profound, its not meant to
reshape Byron's history, and though it exaggerates some rumours to fit the
theme, I didn't find it to be disrespectful to Byron. Its a dark fantasy
story, and more than likely, the 'genius' of the book would be lost on
people unless they knew a good bit about Byron.
I hope you enjoy the book.
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- Hi Matt,
Thanks for that - I'll take it to the beach :-).
On Friday, July 2, 2004, at 06:37 pm, Matthew Heilman wrote:
> Its a great story, very gripping and atmospheric, but above all its
> just an enjoyable book. Its nothing deep or profound
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- It was not the worse thing I have ever read about Byron, even though I
am not a fan of vampires. The author at least never tried to fool us
that he was writing a serious biography or that he ahd done research
into Byron's life.