Dion Boucicault

The Vampire (1852) and The Phantom (1873)

Editor(s) Matthew Knight,Gary D. Rhodes

Language: English

Genre(s): Literary Criticism, Media, Film and Theatre

Series: Gothic Originals

  • July 2024 · 112 pages ·234x156mm

  • · Hardback - 9781837721504
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781837721511
  • · eBook - epub - 9781837721528

About The Book

Almost fifty years before Bram Stoker penned Dracula, Dion Boucicault staged The Vampire, a three-act play that thrilled London audiences as well as Queen Victoria. The production boasted innovations of stagecraft and dramatic composition, to say nothing of the mesmerising performance of Boucicault as the titular creature. After The Vampire closed, Boucicault moved to the United States and revised his play, staging a two-act version renamed The Phantom in 1856. The Vampire has languished in relative obscurity, with no published edition nor critical commentary, since the mid-nineteenth century years. Boucicault’s original handwritten script provides the basis for this first full edition of his innovative tour de force. Similarly, a manuscript of The Phantom, updated by Boucicault for an 1873 production, offers audiences a new version of this influential play. The Vampire and The Phantom can now take their proper place in the lineage of vampire literature that began with Polidori and continues to this day.


List of Illustrations
The Vampire (1852)
The Phantom (1873)
Appendix A – The Vampire notes and additions
Appendix B – The Phantom notes and additions

About the Editor(s)

Author(s): Matthew Knight

Matthew Knight is an Associate Librarian at the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he teaches Irish History and works extensively with the Dion Boucicault Theatre Collection.

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Author(s): Gary D. Rhodes

Gary D. Rhodes is Professor of Media at Oklahoma Baptist University, and is the author of Vampires in Silent Cinema (2023), The Birth of the American Horror Film (2018) and The Perils of Moviegoing in America (2012).

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