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OUP Oxford, Nov 26, 1998 - Fiction - 170 pages
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Beckford's Gothic novel, Vathek, an Arabian tale, was originally written in French when the author was 21. It is the story of Caliph Vathek, whose eye can kill at a glance, who makes a pact with the Devil, Eblis.

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User Review  - JosephCamilleri - LibraryThing

William Beckford wrote "The History of Caliph Vathek" in French in 1784, but it was first published in an English translation by Samuel Henley in 1786. Widely regarded as one of the seminal works of ... Read full review

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User Review  - eadieburke - LibraryThing

This book is considered to be the 1,002 fable in the Arabian Nights Tales. It was interesting but fantasy is not one of my favorite genres. The narrative of Vathek uses a third person, omniscient, in ... Read full review

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William Thomas Beckford (1760-1844) was an English novelist, art critic, travel writer and politician.

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