Andrew McConnell Stott, professor of English and dean of
undergraduate education, will celebrate the U.S. publication of his
new book, “The Poet and the Vampyre: The Curse of Byron and
the Birth of Literature’s Greatest Monsters,” with a
reading and book signing at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Talking Leaves
… Books, 3158 Main St., Buffalo.
The book looks at the time Byron; his doctor, John Polidori; the
Shelleys; and Mary Shelley’s step-sister, Claire Clairmont,
spent together in Lake Geneva in the spring of 1816, and the
far-reaching emotional and literary effects of the gathering.
The book launch is free of charge and open to the public. Those
wishing to have a copy of the book signed by Stott are expected to
purchase it from Talking Leaves.
Stott, who also serves as director of the Honors College, is the
author of “The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi,”
which won the Royal Society of Literature Prize and the Sheridan
Morley Prize for Theatre Biography, and was a Guardian Best Book of
the Year. “The Poet and the Vampyre” is his first book
to be published in America.
In 2011, Stott was named a fellow at the New York Public
Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.