Vathek and Other Stories

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Penguin UK, Apr 26, 2007 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Beckford's Gothic novel Vathek, an Arabian tale, was originally written in French when the author was twenty-one. Published in English in 1786, it was one of the most successful of the oriental tales then in fashion. This edition makes available to a new generation of scholars and general readers, the originality of Beckford's ideas, and the excellence of his prose.
 

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Contents

PREFACE
INTRODUCTION
A NOTE ON EDITORIAL POLICY
CHRONOLOGY OF WILLIAM BECKFORD
THE VISION
VATHEK AN ARABIAN TALE 1786
NOTES1
SATIRESI
SATIRESIII
TRAVEL DIARIESI
TRAVEL DIARIES II
TRAVEL DIARIES III
TRAVEL DIARIES IV
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
Copyright

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William Beckford (1760-1844) inherited a large fortune and, at the age of nineteen, went on a tour of Holland, Germany, Belgium, France and Italy. He was a Member of Parliament and a traveller who spent large sums of money collecting rare books, curiosities and paintings for the embellishment of his Gothic Extravaganza, Fonthill Abbey, where he lived in opulent seclusion until forced by bankruptcy to sell it in 1822.

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