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Vathek (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): William Beckford Vathek (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
William Beckford; Edited by Thomas Keymer
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'Woe to the rash mortal who seeks to know that of which he should remain ignorant; and to undertake that which surpasseth his power!' The Caliph Vathek is dissolute and debauched, and hungry for knowledge. When the mysterious Giaour offers him boundless treasure and unrivalled power he is willing to sacrifice his god, the lives of innocent children, and his own soul to satisfy his obsession. Vathek's extraordinary journey to the subterranean palace of Eblis, and the terrifying fate that there awaits him, is a captivating tale of magic and oriental fantasy, sudden violence and corrupted love, whose mix of moral fable, grotesque comedy, and evocative beauty defies classification. Originally written by Beckford in French at the age of only 21, its dreamlike qualities have influenced writers from Byron to H. P. Lovecraft. This new edition reprints Beckford's authorized English text of 1816 with its elaborate and entertaining notes. In his new introduction Thomas Keymer examines the novel's relations to a range of literary genres and cultural contexts. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Four Gothic Novels - The Castle of Otranto; Vathek; The Monk; Frankenstein (Paperback): Horace Walpole, William Beckford,... Four Gothic Novels - The Castle of Otranto; Vathek; The Monk; Frankenstein (Paperback)
Horace Walpole, William Beckford, Matthew Lewis, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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Macabre and melodramatic, set in haunted castles or fantastic landscapes, Gothic tales became fashionable in the late eighteenth century with the publication of Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto (1764). Crammed with catastrophe, terror, and ghostly interventions, the novel was an immediate success, and influenced numberous followers. These include William Beckford's Vathek (1786), which alternates grotesque comedy with scenes of exotic magnificence in the story of the ruthless Caliph Vathek's journey to damnation. The Monk (1796), by Matthew Lewis, is a violent tale of ambition, murder, and incest, set in the sinister monastery of the Capuchins in Madrid. Frankenstein (1818, 1831) is Mary Shelley's disturbing and perennially popular tale of a young student who learns the secret of giving life to a creature made from human relics, with horrific consequences.
This collection illustrates the range and attraction of the gothic novel. Extreme and sensational, each of the four printed here is alos a powerful psychological story of isolation and monomania.

Three Gothic Novels (Paperback, New Impression): Horace Walpole, Mary Shelley, William Beckford Three Gothic Novels (Paperback, New Impression)
Horace Walpole, Mary Shelley, William Beckford; Edited by Peter Fairclough; Introduction by Mario Praz
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The Gothic novel, which flourished from about 1765 until 1825, revels in the horrible and the supernatural, in suspense and exotic settings.

This volume, with its erudite introduction by Mario Praz, presents three of the most celebrated Gothic novels: The Castle of Otranto, published pseudonymously in 1765, is one of the first of the genre and the most truly Gothic of the three. Vathek (1786), an oriental tale by an eccentric millionaire, exotically combines Gothic romanticism with the vivacity of The Arabian Nights and is a narrative tour de force. The story of Frankenstein (1818) and the monster he created is as spine-chilling today as it ever was; as in all Gothic novels, horror is the keynote.
Dreams, Waking Thoughts and Incidents (Paperback, Revised edition): William Beckford Dreams, Waking Thoughts and Incidents (Paperback, Revised edition)
William Beckford; Edited by Robert J. Gemmett
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A series of letters composed by William Beckford as a result of a grand tour on the continent in 1780-81, 'Dreams, Waking Thoughts and Incidents' is not simply a travel journal, but a composition which provides occasional glimpses into the inner thoughts and dreams of the author.

Vethek (Hardcover): William Beckford Vethek (Hardcover)
William Beckford
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Vathek; An Arabian Tale (Hardcover): William Beckford Vathek; An Arabian Tale (Hardcover)
William Beckford
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Vathek; An Arabian Tale (Paperback): William Beckford Vathek; An Arabian Tale (Paperback)
William Beckford
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Italy - With Sketches of Spain and Portugal; Volume I (Hardcover): William Beckford Italy - With Sketches of Spain and Portugal; Volume I (Hardcover)
William Beckford
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The History of the Caliph Vathek. Pr. Verbatim from 1st Edition (Hardcover): William Beckford The History of the Caliph Vathek. Pr. Verbatim from 1st Edition (Hardcover)
William Beckford
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Vathek - An Arabian Tale (Paperback): William Beckford Vathek - An Arabian Tale (Paperback)
William Beckford
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Italy, Spain, and Portugal - With an Excursion to the Monasteries of Alcoba a and Batalha (Hardcover): William Beckford Italy, Spain, and Portugal - With an Excursion to the Monasteries of Alcoba a and Batalha (Hardcover)
William Beckford
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Italy, Spain, and Portugal - With an Excursion to the Monasteries of Alcoba a and Batalha (Paperback): William Beckford Italy, Spain, and Portugal - With an Excursion to the Monasteries of Alcoba a and Batalha (Paperback)
William Beckford
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Vathek - An Arabian Tale (Hardcover): William Beckford Vathek - An Arabian Tale (Hardcover)
William Beckford
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The History of the Caliph Vathek. Pr. Verbatim from 1st Edition (Paperback): William Beckford The History of the Caliph Vathek. Pr. Verbatim from 1st Edition (Paperback)
William Beckford
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The History of Caliph Vathek - Large Print (Paperback): William Beckford The History of Caliph Vathek - Large Print (Paperback)
William Beckford
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Vathek - An Arabian Tale (Paperback): William Beckford Vathek - An Arabian Tale (Paperback)
William Beckford
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The History of Caliph Vathek (Paperback): William Beckford The History of Caliph Vathek (Paperback)
William Beckford
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The History of Caliph Vathek - Large Print (Large print, Paperback, Large type / large print edition): William Beckford The History of Caliph Vathek - Large Print (Large print, Paperback, Large type / large print edition)
William Beckford
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The History of Caliph Vathek (Paperback): William Beckford The History of Caliph Vathek (Paperback)
William Beckford
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The History of the Caliph Vathek (Paperback): William Beckford The History of the Caliph Vathek (Paperback)
William Beckford
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The History of Caliph Vathek (Paperback): William Beckford The History of Caliph Vathek (Paperback)
William Beckford; Translated by Samuel Henley
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Addresses, Remonstrances, and Petitions - Commencing the 24th of June, 1769, Presented to the King and Parliament, from the... Addresses, Remonstrances, and Petitions - Commencing the 24th of June, 1769, Presented to the King and Parliament, from the Court of Common Council, and the Livery in Common Hall Assembled, with His Majesty's Answers: Likewise the Speech to the King, Mad (Paperback)
City of London (England) Court of Commo, John Adams Library (Boston Public Librar; William Beckford
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To the Worthy Liverymen of the City of London. Gentlemen, Your Poll and Interest Are Desired for the Right Hon. Thomas Harley,... To the Worthy Liverymen of the City of London. Gentlemen, Your Poll and Interest Are Desired for the Right Hon. Thomas Harley, Lord-Mayor, Sir Robert Ladbroke, Knt. and William Beckford, Esq (Paperback)
Thomas Harley; Created by Sir Robert Ladbroke; William Beckford
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Recollections of an Excursion to the Monasteries of Alcoba a and Batalha, by the Author of 'Vathek' (Paperback):... Recollections of an Excursion to the Monasteries of Alcoba a and Batalha, by the Author of 'Vathek' (Paperback)
William Beckford
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A Descriptive Account of the Island of Jamaica - With Remarks Upon the Cultivation of the Sugar-Cane, Throughout the Different... A Descriptive Account of the Island of Jamaica - With Remarks Upon the Cultivation of the Sugar-Cane, Throughout the Different Seasons of the Year, and Chiefly Considered in a Picturesque Point of View: Also Observations and Reflections Upon What Would PR (Paperback)
William Beckford
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