Nick Groom – “Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein,’ Polidori’s ‘The Vampyre’, and the Nature of Being”
Nick Groom is professor of English literature at the University of Exeter, an author on subjects ranging from the history of the Union Jack to Thomas Chatterton, has edited several books and regularly appears on television, radio and at literary festivals as an authority on English Literature, seasonal customs, J. R. R. Tolkien, the “Gothic” and “British” and “English” identities. Due to his extensive work on the Gothic, especially on the history of vampires, he has become known as the “Prof of Goth” in the media and has written several articles on the Goth scene, including essays on the singer Nick Cave.
His books include The Union Jack: The Story of the British Flag (2006), The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction (2012), and The Seasons: An Elegy for the Passing of the Year (2013). He co-edited the 2017 collection Coastal Works: Cultures of the Atlantic Edge with Jos Smith and Willson Center Director Nicholas Allen, and he is the editor of the forthcoming 2018 anniversary edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein from Oxford University Press.