In his Preface to The Living Dead: A Study of the Vampire in Romantic Literature, James Twitchell writes that he is not interested in the current generation of vampires, which he finds "rude, boring and hopelessly adolescent. However, they have not always been this way. In fact, a century ago they were often quite sophisticated, used by artists varied as Blake, Poe, Coleridge, the Brontes, Shelley, and Keats, to explain aspects of interpersonal relations. However vulgar the vampire has since become, it is important to remember that along with the Frankenstein monster, the vampire is one of the major mythic figures bequeathed to us by the English Romantics. Simply in terms of cultural influence and currency, the vampire is far more important than any other nineteenth-century archetypes; in fact, he is probably the most enduring and prolific mythic figure we have. This book traces the vampire out of folklore into serious art until he stabilizes early in this century into the character we all too easily recognize.
"Twitchell offers us, through his study of the vampire as a psychological device of Romanticism, a number of stimulating and even startling interpretations of well-known works. In what is perhaps the most rewarding chapter, we are shown how vampirism can be a metaphor of artistic creation itself."
--The Modern Language Review
Used, Good condition.Some underlining on early pages, and minor sun bleaching to dust jacket spine. small tear bottom on dust jacket spine. Costume bite marks on front cover done by previous owner. Otherwise in good++ condition