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William Beckford: Vathek

Language:
English
Genres:
Novel

William Thomas Beckford (1 Oct 1760 – 2 May 1844), was an English writer, politician and art collector and of decorative art. He was Member of Well’s Parliament for Wells in 1784-1790, Hindon’s in 1790-1795 and 1806-1820. He is mostly known for his gothic novels, such as Vathek, building of the Fonthill Abbey and Lansdown Tower, and his vast art collection. Beckford also wrote a considerable amount of music, much of it was with the assistance of his amanuensis, John Burton. Vathek is a novel by William Beckford. The story follows Caliph Vathek and his downfall as he casts his prudence to the winds. Vathek’s rule began when he was young, and power corrupted him, he turned violent, quick-tempered and addicted to pleasures. Even his thirst for knowledge was twisted, for he does not care whether he is wrong or not. Nothing would stop him walking tall his road to hell, even when the point of no return is so close. Is there a chance for salvation for the tainted Caliph?

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