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Published: 10 June 2013

192 Pages

7.7 x 5.1 inches

ISBN: 9780199576951

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Second Edition

William Beckford
Edited by Thomas Keymer

Oxford World's Classics

  • One of the strangest and most unforgettable eighteenth-century novels, Vathek's tale of the Caliph's obsessive quest for knowledge, and his eternal damnation, is a wild Gothic fantasy whose sensuous imagination and grotesque comedy have inspired writers from Byron to Lovecraft.
  • Includes selections from the important original annotations in the lifetime editions of 1786 and 1816 as well as new modern notes.
  • Comprehensive bibliography.

New to this Edition:

  • New introduction by Thomas Keymer pays special attention to the novel's literary qualities, its hybrid nature and its connections with oriental fiction and the Gothic, in a culturally broad context, as well as to its origins and Beckford's scandalous public persona.
  • The most critically up-to-date and accessible edition, and a founding text of modern fantasy literature.
  • New, fuller notes, new chronology of the author, and up-to-date bibliography.
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