Written in the same house party as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Polidori's creature was based on the "mad, bad and dangerous to know" Lord Byron.
The story of how Mary Shelley dreamed up Frankenstein is famous. Less well-known, however, is the reading material that inspired her to write.
New research is uncovering medieval legends about the undead in Britain.
The singer had Romantic notions in common with the poet – as well as with William Blake, Mary Shelley, and John Keats.
This extraordinary individual defied the constraints of her time and gave a remarkable and farseeing account of computation.
When word reached the Scottish writer of Napoleon's famous defeat, he promptly travelled to the continent to bear witness to the carnage first-hand