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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.
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.
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.
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.
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