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  1. Vathek (Oxford World's Classics) by William Beckford, 2009-03-15
  2. Recollections of the Late William Beckford by Henry Venn Lansdown, 2010-07-24
  3. William Beckford (National Trust) by James Lees-Milne, 1990-11-29
  4. William Beckford, 1760-1844: An Eye for the Magnificent
  5. Vathek: an Arabian tale by William Beckford, 2010-08-28
  6. The Grand Tour of William Beckford (Travel Library) by William Beckford, 1986-08-28
  7. Life at Fonthill 1807-1822: Letters of William Beckford
  8. Recollections of the late William Beckford - of Fonthill, Wilts and Lansdown, Bath by Henry Venn Lansdown, 2010-07-12
  9. The Journal of William Beckford in Portugal and Spain, 1787-1788
  10. The Life and Letters of William Beckford of Fonthill by Lewis Saul Benjamin, 2009-12-19
  11. Dreams, Waking Thoughts And Incidents by William Beckford, 2010-05-23
  12. Vathek & Other Stories: A William Beckford Reader by William Beckford, Malcolm Jack, 1993-03
  13. William Beckford (English Authors) by Robert J. Gemmett, 1977-03
  14. William Beckford of Fonthill 1760-1844 Bicentenary Esays by Fatma Moussa Mahmoud, 1960

1. The Literary Gothic   |  William Beckford    
William Beckford page at The Literary Gothic, the web's premier guide to Gothicand supernaturalist literature written prior to 1950. Beckford, William.
Beckford, William
29 September 1760 - 2 May 1844
One of the more colorful characters in the pantheon of British Gothic writers, Beckford was born to wealth (son of a Lord Mayor of London ); he's the only Gothic-tradition writer known to have had Mozart as a music tutor. Gifted in languages and art, Beckford's promising future was complicated by the homosexual impulses he was not able fully to restrain, and which got him in rather hot water on more than one occasion. Author of works (some quite satiric) on painting and travel, nobility and authors, he is most famous for Vathek , his Oriental tale written originally in French, and for his houses: first, Fonthill Abbey, his huge and elaborate (and none-too-well-built) neo-Gothic mansion where he lived and stored his extensive art collections; in 1822 Beckford sold Fonthill and moved to Bath, where he began building Lansdown Tower . An M.P. who rarely went to Parliament and a commoner who devoted huge amounts of money and energy to a failed attempt to get a peerage, Beckford in his life and works is often a study in extremes and extravagances. Vathek is a major text in the Oriental tale tradition in British lit, a genre that was extremely popular in the later C18 (cf

2. Beckford, William: Vathek. Eine Arabische Erzählung
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gilt als Klassiker der Gothic Novel bei amazon nachschauen William Beckford. Vathek . Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 1999. Taschenbuch - 337 Seiten William Beckford, Roger Lonsdale (Hg). Vathek . Oxford Paperbacks, 1998. Taschenbuch - 214 Seiten William Beckford. Vathek. Creation Books, 2000. Taschenbuch - 144 Seiten Horace Walpole, William Beckford, Matthew Lewis, Mary Shelley. Four Gothic Novels. The Castle of Otranto. Vathek. The Monk. Frankenstein . Oxford Paperbacks, 1994. Taschenbuch - 612 Seiten Horace Walpole, William Beckford, John Polidori, Lord Byron. The Castle of Otranto, Vathek, the Vampyre, and a Fragment of a Novel: Three Gothic Novels . Dover, 1950. Taschenbuch Horace Walpole, William Beckford, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Peter Fairclough (Hg). Three Gothic Novels - Castle of Otranto. Vathek. Frankenstein . Penguin Books, 1968. Taschenbuch - 512 Seiten Links
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3. Beckford William (1760 - 1844)
beckford william (1760 1844). An Arabian Tale from an UnpublishedManuscript, 1786 (? Vathek 1816 ? Vathek an Arabian Tale 1934

4. William Beckford
William Beckford. William Beckford, 17601844, English novelist andeccentric. Beckford is now best known for his Gothic-influenced
William Beckford
William Beckford, , English novelist and eccentric. Beckford is now best known for his Gothic-influenced oriental tale The History of the Caliph Vathek Vathek , originally published in French, tells the story of the deranged eponymous caliph's vicious life and final descent into hell. In his own day, though, his fame depended at least as much upon his unconventional life. He had scandalous romantic liaisons with a young boy and with the wife of his cousin, and was known to participate in black magic. In he built Fonthill Abbey, a pseudo-Gothic structure similar in spirit to Walpole 's Strawberry Hill.

5. The History Of Caliph Vathek Beckford
The History of Caliph Vathek William Beckford. The History of Caliph Vathekby beckford william Beckford Legal Information Acknowledgements.
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6. William Beckford
William Beckford (17601844). The Beckford Project, Penn State UniversityThe 1844), . Beckford, William (29 September 1760 - 2 May 1844)

7. William Beckford
William Beckford, 18th century writer, has two names to fame, as builder of the Gothicmonstrosity Fonthill Abbey and as author of the Gothic novel Vathek, one
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William Beckford (1759-1844), son of William Beckford the Elder (1709-70) alderman and Lord Mayor of London, was at one time one of the richest men in England. His mother was a descendant of Mary Stuart. At the age of five, Beckford received piano tuition from Mozart (then only aged nine). At the age of 21, Beckford inherited a huge fortune of œ1 million, with an annual income of œ100,000. The fortune had been amassed by three generations of sugar plantation owners in Jamaica. In 1778, following a period of travel and study in Europe, Beckford returned to England. William Beckford has two names to fame, as builder of the Gothic monstrosity Fonthill Abbey and as author of the Gothic novel Vathek Fonthill Abbey, architect James Wyatt (1746-1813), was the most sensational of the English Gothic revival. Started in 1796, on Beckford's return from Switzerland, the 275 foot tower fell down in 1807 and was rebuilt. Beckford spent most of his life at Fonthill Abbey as a recluse. Fonthill Abbey ate away at his fortune, leaving a mere œ80,000, forcing him to sell Fonthill Abbey and retire to Bath. Vathek (1786) was dreamt of following a three-day Christmas party held in honour of the eleven year old son of Viscount Courtenay, with whom Beckford had formed an attachment. Completed in outline in three days and two nights, the story was written in French, later translated into English by the Rev Samuel Henry.

8. William Beckford
William Beckford (17601844). Elegiac Sonnet to a Mopstick. Straightremnant of the spiry birchen bough, That over the streamlet wont
William Beckford (1760-1844)
Elegiac Sonnet to a Mopstick
Straight remnant of the spiry birchen bough,
That over the streamlet wont perchance to quake
Thy many twinkling leaves and, bending low,
Beheld thy white rind dancing on the lake
How doth thy present state, poor stick! awake
My pathosfor, alas! even stripped as thou
May be my beating breast, if ever forsake
Philisto this poor heart; and break his vow.
So musing on, I fare with many a sigh
And meditating then on times long past,
To thee, lorn pole! I look with tearful eye,
As all beside the floor-soiled pail thou art cast;
And my sad thoughts, while I behold thee twirled,
Turn on the twistings of this troublous world.

9. William Beckford
WILLIAM BECKFORD (17591814). He wrote Italy; with Sketches of Spain andPortugal (1834) and was particulary attracted by the gardens in Lucca.
WILLIAM BECKFORD (1759-1814) He wrote "Italy; with Sketches of Spain and Portugal" (1834) and was particulary attracted by the gardens in Lucca. He visited Villa Garzoni, whose park he described with attention.

10. William Beckford
William beckford william Beckford, born in 1759, the year before the accessionof King George the Third, was the son of an Alderman who became twice Lord

11. William Beckford
William Beckford. Disclaimer. And please, don't ask me for spells. WilliamBeckford. Eighteenth century English writer. Author of Vathek .
William Beckford
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William Beckford
"Eighteenth century English writer. Author of Vathek . Less known are his interests in Oriental magic and demonology" ( Wedeck 198
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14. Beckford, William (1760-1844)
beckford, william. writer, connoisseur, collector. greatbritain. 1760- 2 May 1844, Bath Grave location Bath, Avon Walcot Cemetery.
Beckford, William
writer, connoisseur, collector great-britain 1760 - 2 May 1844, Bath
Grave location: Bath, Avon: Walcot Cemetery
Son of the famous Lord Mayor of London of the same name, whose fortune from the West-Indies he inherited. In 1777 he travelled to Switzerland and Italy, where he stayed with Sir William Hamilton and Lady Catherine Hamilton. The latter became a close friend and adviser.
Back in London he was romantically involved with Louise Beckford, the wife of his cousin, and then with William Courtenay, a thirteen year old boy. To avoid a huge scandal he was sent abroad once more and travelled through Europe. He was with the Hamiltons when Catherine died. This was a huge blow to him and he returned to London where he wrote "Dreams".
In 1783 he married Lady Margaret Gordon and in 1784 he entered Parliament. The 'Powderham Scandal' resulted is his leaving England once more. His wife died soon after the birth of their second daughter and for twelve years he travelled through Europe, collecting books, paintings and all kinds of curiosities.
Beckford spent a large part of his later life in complete isolation in Fonthill Abbey, a large house in gothic style especially built for him. Here he kept his enormous collections. The house had cost him around 273,000 pounds and financial problems forced him to sell it in 1822, together with part of his collections.

Bologna and Auxerre, and began those studies in the canon law to which he was in no small degree indebted for his subsequent advancement and misfortunes
Becket was canonized in 1172. Within a short time his shrine at Can.terbury became the resort of innumerable pilgrims. Plenary indulgences were given for a visit to the shrine, and an official register was kept to record the miracles wrought by the relics of the saint. The shrine was magnificently adorned with the gold and silver and jewels offered by the pious. It was plundered by Henry VIII., to whom the memory of Becket was specially obnoxious; but the reformers were powerless to expunge the name of the saint from the Roman calendar, on which it still remains. Even to those who are in sympathy with the principles for which he fought, the posthumous reputation of Becket must appear strangely exaggerated. It is evident that in the course of his long struggle with the state he fell more and more under the dominion of personal motives. At the last he fought not so much for an idea as for the humiliation of an opponent by whom he had been ungenerously treated. William of Newburgh appears to express the verdict of the most impartial contemporaries when he says that the bishop was zelo justitiae fervidus, utruin autem plene secundum scientiam novit Deus: “burning with zeal for justice, but whether altogether according to wisdom God knows.”

16. Beckford's Tower : History
Born to great wealth, endowed with precocious talent, displaying pride of ancestry and his family's notorious temper, william beckford (17601844) was a character around whom legends grew, even in his own lifetime.
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'So I am growing rich, and mean to build towers...' William Beckford
Born to great wealth, endowed with precocious talent, displaying pride of ancestry and his family's notorious temper, William Beckford (1760-1844) was a character around whom legends grew, even in his own lifetime.
Beckford's name will always be linked with Fonthill Abbey, the great neo-Gothic house, designed by James Wyatt, which he built on his Wiltshire estate. Less well-known is Lansdown Tower, or 'Beckford's Tower' as it is more affectionately known as today - the study-retreat of his final years.
Having sold Fonthill in 1822 - 'I am rid of the Holy Sepulchre' - Beckford moved to Bath, where he continued to indulge his taste for building, landscape gardening, collecting and creating magical interiors. For the last two decades of his life, he pursued these interests with his usual passion and impetuousness, assisted in his architectural schemes by a young Bath architect, Henry Edmund Goodridge. He purchased land behind his house in Lansdown Crescent to create a mile long ride, through a series of gardens and landscaped features to the summit of Lansdown Hill, where he built a 120 foot high tower. As with all of Beckford's architectural schemes, the design changed, and expanded, as work progressed. Never content, Beckford wanted to increase the height when the original roof stage was reached. After the belvedere was added, Beckford cried 'higher', and a lantern was added to crown the structure.

17. Beckford, William - The Beckford Project
Offers resources on the author of "The History of the Caliph Vathek" including educational sites, biographies and details on his architecture. This webpage is dedicated to william beckford (1760-1844), the English novelist, bibliophile, traveller, collector, and

18. Beckford, William - Beckfordiana
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19. William Beckford: The Fool Of Fonthill
Biographical article, discussing his homosexuality.
William Beckford The Fool of Fonthill
Rictor Norton nouveau riche ones — but they chose to ostracize this remarkable personality, dubbing him "The Fool of Fonthill." But even money cannot stop the mouths of gossip-mongers. When this self-styled Caliph was 19, he fell in love with the Hon William Courtenay, later 3rd Viscount and 9th Earl of Devon, then ten years old and regarded as one of the most beautiful boys in England, borne out by paintings of him. Beckford and Courtenay saw each other frequently either at Fonthill or at Powderham Castle in Devon, Courtenay's home, for nearly six peaceful years. But then, in 1784, a visitor to Powderham claimed to have heard some "strange goings on" in Courtenay's bedroom, with Beckford apparently in bed with the lad. Soon the newspapers started circulating rumours about the country squire and his "Kitty," as the beautiful Courtenay was effeminately dubbed. Greville wrote to Sir William Hamilton in Naples to say that Beckford "probably will be obliged to vacate his seat, and retire to Italy to make up the loss which Italy has sustained by Lord Tilney's death." Most men would have fled immediately to the Continent, but for nearly a year Beckford braved out the storm of abuse and secluded himself at Fonthill. No criminal charges were filed, but King George III, who personally wished that Beckford could have been hanged, dismissed Beckford's application for a peerage. Beckford and Courtenay were forced to separate to avoid further reprisal. Beckford finally went abroad, where he remained for the next ten years, living mainly in Portugal, followed by an entourage so magnificent that during his travels he was often mistaken for the Emperor of Austria — and charged accordingly. Courtenay, now Lord Devon, secluded himself at Powderham, which he inherited after his father's death.

20. Beckfordiana: William Beckford Biography 1911 And Now
beckford, william (1760—1844), English author, son of Alderman williambeckford (1709—1770), was born on the 1st of October 1760.
Encyclopedia Britannica Fonthill Abbey Lansdowne Hill , near Bath, where he continued to reside till his death in 1844. His first work, Biographical Memoirs of Extraordinary Painters (1780) The History of the Caliph Vatlick , which appeared in English, translated by the Rev. Samuel Henley, in 1786 and has taken its place as one of the finest productions of luxuriant imagination.
Encyclopedia Britannica William Beckford, 1760-1844: eccentric English dilettante, author of the Gothic novel Vathek Fonthill Abbey James Wyatt , but Beckford himself supervised the planning and building of what became the most extraordinary house in England. He lived there as a recluse, collecting curios, costly furnishings and works of art and reading the library of Edward Gibbon, which he had purchased in its entirety. In 1807 the house's great central tower collapsed and was rebuilt. Beckford's extravagances forced him to sell his estate in 1822. The tower later collapsed again, destroying part of the building. Beckford's literary reputation rests solely on Vathek. Though all agree that it is uneven and stylistically uncertain, the strength of its final image has sustained Beckford's reputation for more than two centuries. A classic among Gothic novels, the book is a masterpiece of fantastic invention and bizarre detail. Among Beckford's other published works are accounts of his travels, two parodies of Gothic and sentimental novels, and a journal, Life at Fonthill, 1807-22.

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