Vathek (Nonsuch Classics Series)

Vathek (Nonsuch Classics Series)

by WilliamBeckford (Author)


Vathek, a virtual fantasy autobiography of William Beckford, was the first Oriental Gothic horror novel in English literature. First published in 1786, it relates the story of the villainous Caliph Vathek, a man devoted to sensual pleasures and obsessed with the acquisition of knowledge and beautiful objects alike, who builds a great tower to 'penetrate the secrets of heaven'. Set in the exotic surroundings of Arabia, Vathek is a classic tale of lust for riches and power, where magic, trickery and betrayal abound.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
Edition: Tra
Publisher: The History Press LTD
Published: 29 Jul 2005

ISBN 10: 1845880609
ISBN 13: 9781845880606

Author Bio
William Beckford (1760-1844), the 'Fool of Fonthill,' was the son of a Lord Mayor of London, fluent in seven languages and schooled in philosophy and law. He is perhaps best remembered as the builder of the Gothic monstrosity Fonthill Abbey and also for his involvement in a number of sexual scandals around Europe.