Vathek And Other Stories: A William Beckford Reader

Paperback | October 1, 1995

byWilliam BeckfordIntroduction byMalcolm Jack

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An enthralling work of Gothic fiction, modelled on the Arabian Nights

This collection of writings features the complete text of William Beckford's best-known book, Vathek. Beckford's talent for satire emerges in selections from Biographical Memoirs, a collection of essays on imaginary artists, and the novel Azemia, a scathing attack on British politics.

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William Beckford’s oriental tales, satires and travel diaries combine superb learning with a lively imagination. Inspired by a 1781 party in the Egyptian Hall at his family’s Fonthill, Wiltshire country house, his grand Arabian tale Vathek recounts a journey to the halls of Eblis — or Hell — seeking knowledge. Rich in mood, imagery...

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An enthralling work of Gothic fiction, modelled on the Arabian NightsThis collection of writings features the complete text of William Beckford's best-known book, Vathek. Beckford's talent for satire emerges in selections from Biographical Memoirs, a collection of essays on imaginary artists, and the novel Azemia, a scathing attack on ...

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,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.7 inPublished:October 1, 1995Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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William Beckford’s oriental tales, satires and travel diaries combine superb learning with a lively imagination. Inspired by a 1781 party in the Egyptian Hall at his family’s Fonthill, Wiltshire country house, his grand Arabian tale Vathek recounts a journey to the halls of Eblis — or Hell — seeking knowledge. Rich in mood, imagery and mocking humour, some people view it variously as a camouflaged autobiography, an exposition of Burkean principles of the beautiful and sublime and as a response to Darwin’s discoveries in electricity physics and vegetable biology. Besides satires on English art-collecting and sentimental novel excesses, Vathek and Other Stories features extracts from Beckford’s travel diaries.