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Alison Morgan

short story entitled The Vampyre was published, which achieved great popular success and is widely credited with beginning the genre. Written by Dr John Polidori, the MORGAN 9781784993122 PRINT.indd 115 23/04/2018 15:53 116 Ballads and songs of Peterloo story was begun at Villa Diodati on Lake Geneva in 1816 where Polidori was attending Lord Byron and his visitors, Percy and Mary Shelley and Mary’s half-sister, Claire Clairmont. Polidori began the story as part of a competition with the Shelleys and Byron, which also famously produced Frankenstein. 58 Paine

in Ballads and songs of Peterloo