Vathek with The Episodes of Vathek

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Broadview Press, May 14, 2001 - Fiction - 397 pages
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William Beckford’s Vathek is a touchstone of eighteenth-century Orientalism and of the Gothic novel. Beckford’s later work, The Episodes of Vathek, shares Vathek’s irreverent and decadent style, and an edition that unites the two has long been overdue. The Broadview edition includes a newly discovered early version of the first episode, never before in print, that centres on male-male love, as well as the previously published version that was re-written by Beckford as a heterosexual narrative. Based on the 1823 edition—the last one edited by the author himself—the Broadview Edition also introduces The Episodes in the order Beckford planned, and incorporates his final corrections.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
10
Introduction
17
Vathek with Hie Episodes of Vathek
45
The History of Prince Alasi and the Princess
333
Notes
374
Geography and Maps
389
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About the author (2001)

Kenneth W Graham teaches at the University of Guelph. He has written widely on eighteenth-century literature. His books include Gothic Fictions: Prohibition/Transgression, and “Vathek” and the Escape from Time: Bicentenary Revalutations.

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